Isn't it time you protected your animals with Microchips?
Have you had a pet lost, stolen or missing? If the animal had been microchipped, registered and scanned for a microchip when picked up, it will be returned to you. The microchip ID number will be traced through the computer database. Revival Animal Health records each chip number that is sold. You are responsible for proper paperwork to maintain the traceability of each animal you implant with a microchip.
What are Microchips?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It only takes seconds to inject, safely and permanently, under your pets skin...without the need for anesthetic. Microchips can be injected in cats, dogs, horses, birds, exotic animals or fish. Once implanted, the microchip remains inactive until read with a scanner. A scanner sends a low frequency radio signal to the chip, providing the power needed for the microchip to send its unique code back to the scanner and positively identify the animal. The ID number is stored permanently inside the animal, under the skin, where it cannot be lost or altered. A microchip will last for the lifetime of the animal. Microchips provides a permanent, non-alterable way of identifying pets, without disturbing the animal's coat or appearance in any way.
Here's how each system works:
HOMEAGAIN. Each chip is individually packaged with paperwork. Implant the chip into an animal, fill out the paperwork and send it in to properly register the animal to their new owner. The cost of registration with HomeAgain is $10.00 per chip for activaiton and $14.99 annual fee per chip and is submitted with the registration information.
AKC.Smaller microchip has patented implantation process. Microchips have a $12.50 enrollment fee per chip or you can get the chips with the prepaid forms.
AVID. Avid offers two ways to transfer registration for a pet to a new owner: Pettrac™ registration and Prepaid registration. Information for the Pettrac™ method is included with each shipment of Friendchips. Each form must be filled out with the proper information for each animal. The new owner usually sends in the form with a check or money order to cover the registration fee to ensure their pet will be identified and returned to them, not to the breeder.
Registration. Sometimes new owners forget to send in the registration, so the animal is tracked back to the person who implanted the chip. The seller has to go through their records to determine which animal received that chip number and who purchased the animal. This can be a frustrating, time-consuming chore. Prepaid registration cards can prevent this from happening for Avid chips.
Prepaid registration cards set up the direct registration to the new owner at the time of sale, thus saving time searching for information later. The breeder purchases the cards and when an animal is sold, the card is filled out with the pertinent information. The breeder collects the registration fee and sends in the card to transfer the registration to the new owner. This way, when a lost pet is scanned, the new owner will be contacted so they can claim their animal.
Whichever method is used for the registration, it is an important step to ensure the return of the animal to the proper owner. Time is critical to an animal waiting in a shelter and having direct registration will ensure the timely return of your beloved pet.
5 steps to Animal Recovery
- Insert a microchip.
- Register the animal.
- Animal is found by third party.
- Recovery Program is contacted to determine owner's name & phone number.
- You are contacted immediately & plans are made for you to bring your pet home again.
- 8-12 million pets are taken annually. Depending on geographic location, 30-60% are euthanized, according to estimates from the Humane Society of the United States.
- Microchips are accepted by the following: AKC, Canadian Kennel Club, UKC and the USDA. Check local regulations concerning which microchip to use based on final destination of the animal. Only 4% of cats & 14% of dogs in shelters are returned to their owners. Of all animals entering shelters, only 25-35% are adopted by new owners, according to the American Humane Association.
- Collar tags can identify dogs and reunite them with their owners, but they can fall off or be removed. Tattoos are a good identification method, but can distort as the animal grows. Over time tattoos may fade or be removed.
- Microchipping provides a permanent, non-alterable way of identifying pets, without disturbing the animal's coat or appearance in any way.
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.
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