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Microchipping: What You Need to Know

Microchips have been particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.

How Microchips Work:
A microchip with a unique ID number is inserted into the animal. It is very small, about the size of a piece of rice, and is inserted under the skin with a syringe just like a vaccination. It is not a tracking device but a source of identification.

All lost pets that are found and taken to animal control facilities, animal shelters or veterinary clinics are scanned to see if a chip exists. If one is detected, a code appears and the microchip recovery service may provide the owner's name and contact information to reunite the lost pet with their owner.

*All cats and dogs adopted from TCHS are microchipped.

Our Impact in 2016:

  • Animals Adopted

    2,875

  • Overall Placement Rate

    96%

  • Animals Fostered

    1,275

  • Animals Spayed/Neutered

    1,643

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