Having your cat or dog microchipped is one of the best ways you can ensure they will return to you should they become lost. Collars can fall off or be removed, but microchips are a simple, cost effective form of identification that will be with your pet when tags fail. We offer many microchip clinics throughout the year and also will chip your pet anytime during our normal business hours at the shelter.
Grapevine Animal Services can implant a small microchip (the size of a grain of rice) in the skin layer between your pet's shoulder blades. This takes a matter of seconds and is similar to receiving a vaccine. Each chip contains a unique identifying number--your pet's microchip number. The chip will be registered with your information by our caring staff; nothing is required of you except to update contact information in the future should it change. How easy! In the event of your animal being lost or stolen, the animal can be scanned with a device at any animal shelter or veterinary clinic. The microchip company will have owner information on file and you will be contacted for a swift reunion.
Will you protect your beloved family member? The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.
A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, including 53 animal shelters across the U.S., confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families, and the importance of microchip registration. From the study:
Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase).
Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000 percent better).