Rescues have the responsibility to make sure that the dogs they are rehoming are truly homeless. If they aren’t, they are simply selling someone else’s property, a criminal offense in all fifty states.
If you are fostering or have recently adopted a dog and your dog goes missing here is a checklist to get you started.
1. Animals should never be scanned for a microchip on a metal examination table or near other objects that may cause scanning interference like computers, metal objects and metal doorframes or while wearing a metal collar. This may cause a microchip to be missed. Yet many vet clinics and shelters routinely scan pets on a […]
Are smaller microchips better? Not necessarily. There has been a trend towards very small microchips in the animal sheltering and veterinary world. Smaller microchips can be easier to insert for very small dogs, puppies and kittens. The drawback? “Mini” microchips have a shorter copper antenna. The size of the microchip antenna impacts the read distance […]
Micochips are a wonderful tool in the toolbox of lost pet recovery. BUT, we see time and time again, owners of microchipped dogs relying on the microchip to bring their dog home instead of getting out and doing the legwork of flyering and signs. Generating sightings through flyers and signs is the NUMBER ONE […]
The good news: The found dog turned into your shelter, animal control facility or vet clinic has been scanned and he has a microchip! The bad news: The microchip reaches a dead end. Either it was never enrolled by the shelter, rescue, vet clinic or owner or it was not updated with current contact information. […]
In a few days our nation will celebrate its birth and with that celebration comes many things: family picnics, out of town visitors, vacations, and, of course, firework displays. And while all of these things are wonderful ways to pay tribute to our independence – each of them are also great contributors to how dogs […]
Microchips are a wonderful tool in lost pet recovery, resulting in thousands of successful reunions each year. But since many microchip companies compete in the same marketplace, it can be difficult to quickly identify the microchip brand. If you do have internet access, a useful tool is the AAHA Microchip Look up tool. If you don’t […]
UPDATE – Since we wrote this article, 24 Petwatch has now begun to participate in the AAHA database. AVID is now the only large microchip company that does not participate. Your microchipped lost pet has been picked up and turned into a vet or shelter. He should be home quickly, correct? Well…. not so fast. […]