What would you do if your pet was lost? Would the person who found your cat or dog know who you are and how to contact you? That’s a very stressful situation for you and your pet. A collar with a license and identification attached is extremely helpful, but what if the collar slipped off or you didn’t put it back on after giving your pet a bath? The only permanent form of identification your pet can carry with it is a microchip.

A microchip is a tiny device (about the size of a grain of rice) that is encoded with a unique identification number. The device is implanted with a syringe just under the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is quick and done with little or no pain. If your pet is lost and brought to a veterinarian or animal shelter, the microchip can be quickly detected with a scanner; the identification number will show up on the scanner which then will be either entered into a shelter’s database or phoned in to the microchip company. This will immediately give the owner’s contact information.

One very important step in ensuring the microchip will serve its purpose is to make sure all of your contact information is kept current with the microchip company. If you move or change your phone number, you must call the chip company to let them know. If your dog is brought to a shelter and the number on the microchip is old or disconnected, it can be impossible for staff to track you down.

Valley Oak SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill rescue that operates solely on donations and contributions from our local community. To make an online donation or submit a volunteer application, please visit www.vospca.org. To microchip your pets, please visit our Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic located at 9405 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA, Monday–Friday during our vaccination and microchip clinics from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 4–6 p.m. on Thursdays. No appointment necessary.

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