Collars and Microchips

In 2016, according to the Shelter Animal Count Data base, approximately 3.0 million dogs and cats enter Animal Shelters in the United States; 1.5 million of those are strays. Of those 1.5 million, roughly 302,000 pets were re-united with their families 88% of those were dogs and only 12% were cats. Unfortunately almost 441,000 animals were either euthanized or died while at an animal shelter, 37% were dogs and 63% were cats.  These numbers show us how important it is to keep proper identification on our pets.  It can make all the difference between a happy reunion and a tragic ending.

So, how do you properly identify your pet? These are two well-known methods, such as a collar with a current license or i.d.  tag or a microchip.  If you chose a collar for your pet please make sure that your County dog license is current as required by law, and that any phone numbers associated with it are current as well.  Also use a permanent marker and write your phone number on the collar itself in case the tag is lost.  County Dog License data is available to law enforcement officers as well as animal control officers.  Breakaway cat collars are available and tags and info written on collars will help get a lost kitty back home.

Many times an animal may slip its collar and that is why a microchip is so important. We encourage all pet owners to have their pets microchipped regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor pets.  Amy pet can get lost!  All dogs adopted from the Cheboygan County Humane Society are microchipped; we will probably begin microchipping cats next year.

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small-about the size of a grain of rice.  It is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the pets shoulder blades at the back of the neck.  Each chip has a unique number that is easily detected by a microchip scanner.   These i.d. numbers are registered by the microchip companies and stored in a central database. When your pet is scanned for a chip and one is detected, we then contact the microchip company and retrieve the owner information.  The microchip company also attempts to make contact with the pet owner and any designated backup contacts.  It is Very Important to make sure that your contact information is current.  We frequently are unable to track down an owner, who has moved or has a new phone number.  Microchips save lives and help insure that a lost pet will be returned to its owner.

Always remember that accidents happen. At some point most pets will get lost even by a responsible pet owner.  Play it safe and make sure that your pet has a collar with current license and identification and/or microchip your pet.

Posted on December 8th, 2017 in News.