Relocating Your Pet Quickly Through Microchips

Is there anything worse than the horror of a pet becoming lost? Somewhere out there, maybe right next door, or perhaps clear across town, your dog or cat is out there. Because you can’t find them, you have no way of knowing when or if he or she will find their way home. If you can’t find them yourself, the best chance you have will be for someone finding and returning them back to you, or at least bringing them to your local veterinarian who can then locate you. That’s where microchips come in.

In Gulfport, Miss., little Peanut, a six year-old Rat Terrier-Poodle mix, was found after going missing for four years. That’s right, four years! And how was Peanut reunited with his owners who had all but given up hope? Peanut had a microchip. From the Sun-Herald of Southern Mississippi:

On Monday, Gulfport animal control officer Dorothy Payne saw the little dog at a residence on O’Neal Road. She scanned him for a microchip, a routine procedure for the animal control officers, and was surprised to find he did have one. Her surprise grew when she learned the owner was listed as an Ocean Springs resident. At first, Payne feared the contact information was no longer accurate — after all, the dog was about 30 miles away from his home.

“I thought for sure that the microchip information was just out of date,” she told HSSM. Payne called the associated phone number and left a message and, to her surprise, got a call back a few days later from Donna Nelson, Weatherford’s mother. On Friday, Peanut was wiggly and sweet, and Weatherford was ecstatic and teary-eyed as her dog alternately gave her kisses and squirmed down to visit with a couple of Pomeranians in the animal shelter’s gift shop.
More and more veterinarians and local shelters are making it easier for owners and prospective owners to get their pets microchipped, often at a discount. No matter the cost, the investment can literally mean the difference between getting your beloved pal back and never seeing them again. Sounds like a good investment to me.

From an article prepared by the U.S. Department of Defense for military families on the importance of microchips:

In 2009, the Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Indoor Pet Initiative conducted a study of 53 shelters with recorded information on animals entering a shelter with a microchip. The findings revealed that 73 percent of owners of stray dogs and cats were found, and 74 percent of the owners wanted their animals back.

Unlike your kids, your pet can’t carry a cell phone with them and call home when they are lost and need you to come get them. Until the day comes when they can do that, get them microchipped! (your pets, not your kids…)

[Picture from with owner Danielle Weatherford]

html Peanut with owner Danielle Weatherford]

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