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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has declared August 15, 2017 as National Check the Chip Day! (full article)Pets with microchips are more likely to be returned to their owner the same day as found and don't go to shelter if contact info is current!
Citrus Heights Animal Services (CHAS) scans all stray animals for microchips before taking them to a shelter. Every effort is made by CHAS to connect lost pets with their families first. It is critical pets have some type of ID to ensure prompt returns. Microchips stay with the animal, unlike a collar.
SUPER EASY TO DO! Microchips and licenses are the surest way to get a pet home quickly!
www.FoundAnimals.org and the Michelson Foundation offer a free microchip registry and will register any microchip brand, even if you no longer subscribe to the microchip company. It is also permissible to record with both registries. Many owners do not realize it is their responsibility to register the microchip after they have purchased it. Microchips are not GPS trackers and require owners to maintain accurate contact information to ensure animal professionals can return pets home quickly after scanning.