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.