If you have found a microchip: Visit AVMA’s Pet Microchip Lookup website to enter the microchip number. This will tell you which company produced the microchip and its phone number. Next, call the company with the microchip number. The company will contact the pet’s owner. If the microchip has not been registered, or the contact information isn’t up-to-date, many companies can tell you what clinic or rescue organization purchased the chip originally. Contacting the place that microchipped the pet may help lead you to the pet’s owner.
The Cannoli Fund has a universal pet microchip scanner for use by residents, business owners, and their employees in King William and Lavaca who find animals. Microchips are becoming increasingly common to tag animals with their owner’s contact information in a way that can’t be lost. Don’t forget to update your pet’s chip information on the company’s website each time you move or if you change your phone number or email address.
Your vet or one of the low cost spay neuter clinics can microchip your pet to give her a much better chance of being reunited with you if ever lost. While microchips are helpful in ensuring lost animals are returned to owners, pets should wear a collar and identification tags all the time. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for someone to reach you. Wearing tags is also a sign a pet probably has an owner. Good Samaritans are more likely to stop for a lost pet wearing a tag.
The City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services is offering free microchips to cats and dogs living in San Antonio anytime during regular business hours – no appointment needed (includes lifetime registration). This program is still in operation as of September 2017. Your pet can also be chipped at any offsite Microchip Mania event.