Updating your pet’s microchip

September 16, 2021 – There’s no place like home! But sometimes we get a little lost…

It happens. The gate doesn’t get completely shut, a loud noise gives them a fright, or they engage in a race with the pesky neighborhood squirrel. Pets go missing every day. In fact, the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County reunited over 1,300 lost pets with their owners in 2020.

You can’t always prevent your pet from going missing, but you can make sure they get back home safely. Microchipping is a quick and low-cost option for your contact information to always be with your pet. When a found animal is brought to the shelter, they are immediately scanned for a microchip so that they can get back to their family.

But what happens if you moved recently or changed your phone number? Without updated information, it takes longer for you to be reconnected with your pet, and sometimes, it’s impossible. Keeping your pet’s microchip information updated greatly increases the chance that your missing furry friend gets back home to you.

How to update your pet’s microchip

If your pet does have a microchip, check out this list of common microchip companies where you can keep your information up-to-date.

Not sure which company your pet’s microchip is with? You can look it up using your pet’s microchip ID number with the Pet Microchip Lookup.

If you are unsure of the ID number, stop by your local veterinary office or at our shelter to have them scanned for the information.

Not microchipped? The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County offers low-cost pet microchips to the public for just $25, which includes national registration. No appointment is necessary. The procedure takes only a minute and can be done anytime from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, seven days a week.

Source: The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County