April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day. On a daily, sometimes hourly, basis we see lost dog posts. At times it’s a tricky pup who slipped a collar, a cat who figured out how to open a window, or a service worker who left a gate open. Other posts are about expensive breeds being stolen right out of their yard. And then there’s everything in between.
Even if your pet wears a collar, it can come off for many reasons — it’s too big, they slip out of it, the release trigger is activated on your cat’s collar when it is caught on something, or it is intentionally removed. It’s still a great idea to make sure your pet wears a collar with rabies and identification tags, but taking the extra step to have them microchipped will provide you peace of mind.
Once your pet is microchipped, don’t stop there. It must be activated with the microchip company and your contact information must be kept current. Don’t let a change in your phone number or moving prevent your reunification. One of the first things a veterinarian or shelter will do when an animal is brought in lost is to scan it for a microchip.
Where to Microchip Your Pet
Animals you adopt from Berkeley Animal Center are already microchipped as are animals adopted from most reputable animal shelters, humane societies, and animal rescues. Double-check with them to make sure you have the information needed to activate the microchip. Otherwise, there are many resources for microchipping your pet.
Your local vet and pet stores with veterinary services such as PetSense – Goose Creek are more than willing to microchip your pet at a reasonable cost (usually the cost of the microchip during a normal visit). There are also low-cost options such as HF Help No Kill Rescue which offers a monthly low-cost vaccination and microchip chip clinic. For those outside Berkeley county looking for low-cost options, check with your local animal shelter, humane society, or animal rescue for low-cost options.