Why Should You Microchip Your Pet?


If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know about the importance of ID tags. Having identification and contact information securely attached to your pet’s collar makes it much more likely that you’ll get your family member back if something should happen and your animal gets away.

A recent study published in Preventative Veterinary Medicine revealed that only 33 percent of owners keep ID tags on their pets. If you’re one of the 67 percent who sometimes, rarely or never puts tags on your pet, consider this: They considerably increase the return-to-owner (RTO) rate if your pet is lost.

What info should appear on my pet’s ID tags?

Your pet’s name and your phone number are the most important things. Putting multiple phone numbers or a cell phone number is always a good idea and ensures you are reached.

If your dog is microchipped, which we recommend, you should attach the microchip tag to the collar as well.

Finally, it’s a good idea to also have your pet wear their license and rabies tag. This way, whoever finds him will know they are up to date on their vaccines.

How often should I change my pet’s tags?

Anytime you move you should update your pet’s tags. When your pet’s vaccines and/or license is updated, be sure to put the new tags on as well.

Be sure to check your pet’s tags often for legibility and wear and tear.

Since we are talking about identification for animals, another great one is microchipping.

Why microchip your pet?

Registered microchips give lost pets the best chance of returning home. Statistics indicate that missing pets rarely make it home.

• 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 2,000 percent better).

• Only 58 percent of the microchipped animals’ microchips had been registered in a database with their pet parent’s contact information. This is why it is important to not only register your pet’s microchip, but to keep it up to date with your information.

The microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice and is affordable. It is easily implanted and takes no time at all. Veterinarians and some shelters offer this service. Microchipping substantially increases the likelihood of a pet returning home by offering secure, reliable, unique and permanent identification.

What are the advantages of microchips?

• No anesthetic is required. The procedure is similar to a routine vaccination.

• A pet microchip does not contain a battery, nor does it need to be charged.

• Unlike traditional collar tags, pet microchips do not wear down, fall off, or scratch into illegibility.

• Microchips are designed to last the life of your pet.

• Globally compatible scanners read the unique identification code on the microchip. This code is used to retrieve the contact information that the pet’s parent has provided to the pet recovery database.

• Microchips for pets are surprisingly inexpensive for the value. HSCAZ charges $50 for microchipping, which includes registration.

• Some pet microchip registries offer a variety of value-added services, like a lost pet emergency medical hotline and travel assistance for found pets at little or no additional cost.

To obtain more information on microchipping or identification tags, please feel free to contact us at (928) 474-5590, or via email at hs@humanesocietycentralaz.org.

Adoption Special

Come by and meet our adorable adoptables. We are having an adoption special for the month of August. All cats and kittens are just $25, and all dogs and puppies are $45. The new shelter is located directly behind the site of the old shelter on South McLane Road just off Main Street (enter on the dirt driveway between the dip and Kyle’s Auto). Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.




Amos is a 1-year-old Catahoula mix. He was brought to us as a stray. Amos is good with other dogs, likes kids and is an all around great dog. He is outgoing, affectionate and walks well on a leash. Amos is potty trained, current on his vaccines and is ready to find his loving, forever home.




Ivy is a 2-year-old Pit mix. She was brought to us as a stray. Ivy is playful, outgoing and loves to play with toys and likes the water. She is good with most other dogs and likes kids. Ivy is the perfect size to cuddle up with on the couch or in bed. She walks well on a leash and is potty trained.




Ceres is a 5-month-old kitten. She is pretty easygoing, but still likes to play with kitty toys. Ceres has gorgeous green eyes and a super-soft coat. She gets along with other cats, is well mannered and litter box trained.




Sylvie is an adorable medium haired 10-week-old kitten. She is super playful and gets along great with other cats. Sylvie is litter box trained, and loves people.




Cherry Ann is a 2-year-old Pit mix. She is an easygoing girl who knows when to play, and when to take it easy. She will need a yard with a secure fence. She gets along with most other dogs and is great with people. Cherry Ann is very sweet and loves to go for walks. She likes to play and is ready to find her loving, forever home.




Breyer (Sylvie’s brother) is a 10-week-old kitten. He is super cute too, with his fuzzy face. He loves to play with the other kittens, and all the fun kitten toys. He is good with other cats and great with people.


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