Microchips keep your pet safe

According to Home Again, 1 in 3 pets go missing and 90% of those that have zero form of identification never make it back home. Unlike a collar that can fall off or be removed, a microchip is a permanent form of identification for your cat or dog. You should microchip your pet so that in the event that your pet gets lost, they are returned to you quickly and safely.

What is a microchip? 

The SPCA-NN offers microchipping 

A microchip is exactly what it sounds like. It is a small chip about the size of a grain of rice that is injected in between your pet’s shoulder blades behind their neck. Once injected beneath the skin the microchip does not hurt or bother them. It remains there waiting to be scanned for your pet’s ID number so they can be traced back to you.

If your pet is lost, they typically get turned in to a veterinarian, rescue, or county service. When they scan your lost pet’s microchip, they know which microchip company to contact. Once the microchip company has been contacted, they can reach out to inform you that your pet has been found and where you can him up. Just make sure your contact information stays up to date in the microchip company’s system so they contact the correct person when they need to. 

All cats and dogs that are adopted from the SPCA of Northern Nevada are up to date on all their vaccinations, spay or neutered, and microchipped. These are the three most important things for your pet to have so they can be safe, healthy, and reunited with you if they happen to get out or lost. If you are interested in getting your pet spayed or neutered, vaccinated, or microchipped you can do all those things via our organization’s public services. An SPCA microchip is only $15 for a lifetime of security! Learn more about our services here.

How to handle a lost or found pet

If you have lost or found an animal in the Reno/Sparks/Sun Valley area please visit Washoe County Regional Animal Services website to report it. WCRAS also provides affordable microchipping to the community. Be sure to register your pet in your county just in case they do get lost. Your local animal services can have them returned to you quickly and safely since all of your information will be in their local database. 

You can also report your missing pet on your microchip company’s website directly.

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Vaccine and Microchip Clinic