Microchip Your Pet
Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to safeguard your pet and can help reunite you with them if they are ever lost. It's important to understand how the chip works and to know that it is not a GPS device.
You can get your pet microchipped at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society for just $20!
This fee includes local registration and the first year of national registration.
How Microchips Work
Microchips are passive, meaning that they do not need a battery to work. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under your pet's skin – like getting an injection. Although tracking information is not available from a microchip and we cannot tell exactly where a pet is located, if found, it is standard procedure nationwide for veterinarians, animal shelters, humane societies and animal control agencies to scan pets for microchips in the hopes of finding an owner's contact information through the microchip's online registration.
Microchipping is the only form of permanent, unalterable, unique identification that an owner can provide for a pet. Give your pet a silent voice for the times when he or she is unable to speak for themselves.
What a Microchip is Not
Pet microchips are not tracking devices. While there are many tracking devices available for pets, they require your pet to wear a receiver on his or her collar that must be removed and regularly recharged. What happens if your pet is lost while its GPS receiver is being charged? Also, the GPS tracking devices for pets usually only allow you to set a certain perimeter for your pet; if your pet leaves that area, no tracking data can be transmitted. The receivers, like all collars, can be torn off, chewed off or removed. Monthly service fees, just like a data plan, are also usually needed. Since there's no battery and no moving parts in a microchip, there's nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last your pet's lifetime.
What You Need to Remember
If you don’t remember your pet’s microchip number or what company it’s registered with you can take them to any local vet or shelter and they can scan him/her to check. You will be given the information but will have to call that company to make any changes. You must make sure you call and update your information if you move or get a new phone number, or you may not be able to be reunited with your pet if they are lost!