Small Animals

Microchipping

We would like to increase awareness about the importance of microchipping and/or tattooing pets

Pet Identification is important

Our mission is to increase the number of pets with identification so that when they are lost or stolen, they may be reunited with their owners.

Important STATS

Based on SPCA statistics, less than 2% of cats and only 15-20% of dogs with no form of identification are reunited with their owners. Nearly 95% of animals with identification are returned to their pet parents.

Permanent

The microchip is permanent which means it will not require replacing, nor will it require a battery and/or maintenance. The microchip is placed underneath the skin between the shoulder blades using a special needle.

Simple Procedure

Placing a microchip is a simple, effective procedure that can be performed on an animal as early as eight weeks of age. Microchips do not require sedation to be placed in an animal and the insertion process is safe and quick. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is housed in a glass-like material; this material is not in danger of causing a reaction from the animal’s body nor will it rust or break.

Each microchip is differentiated with a number; using a special scanner, veterinary hospitals and shelters will be able to retrieve this individual number. Once the microchip number is retrieved, contacting the national registry will allow your contact information to be accessed, prompting the quick return of your lost friend. If you are not comfortable with your contact information on the registry you may opt to have your veterinary hospital contacted who will then contact you. These microchips are traceable throughout South Africa and many parts of the rest of the world. They are truly an invaluable tool in the return of a lost pet. Keep in mind that microchips are not Global Positioning Systems (GPS) but are instead more akin to a barcode.

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