Contact the microchip company NOW and make sure their chip is registered with your current address and several phone numbers. If they have a yellow microchip tag, contact Home Again at 1-888-466-3242. If they have a blue microchip tag, contact Avid at 1-800-336-2843. If your pet was microchipped by a previous owner before you adopted them, contact the microchip company and have them register the chip with your name and phone numbers and also your vet's. If you're not sure if they have a microchip already, have a vet or shelter scan their entire body. The chip can move around in their body.
DON'T KEEP ID TAGS IN A DRAWER. That won't bring pets home to you. You only have to pay a few dollars ONE TIME to have the microchip registered to you. The company might send you a renewal bill, but that's for more extensive services. Your pet is registered for LIFE once you pay the one-time small fee.
MAKE IT EASY FOR SHELTERS TO SEE THAT YOUR PET HAS AN OWNER BY DISPLAYING THAT TAG ON THEIR COLLARS AT ALL TIMES.
Many animals aren't scanned properly when they arrive at a shelter, so they can sit there for days without you being contacted. This can happen if your animal is scared and appears "aggressive" or if they're injured or in a medical crisis.
SHOULD YOUR PET BE IMPOUNDED IN A SHELTER, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR: SHOTS, FINES, A DAILY BOARDING FEE, LICENSE AND SPAY OR NEUTER FEE (IF THEY'RE NOT FIXED)
* IF YOU LOVE THEM, TAG THEM AND UPDATE THEIR CHIP INFO *