Why You Should Microchip Your Pet

Microchipping is an important step in keeping your pets safe in case they are ever lost. Recently, the team at Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) put on their detective caps to help reunite a microchipped cat with her owner.

The cat first came to us after one of our volunteers noticed her outside her home. The cat was very friendly, giving the impression that she’s used to being in a home. Our volunteer brought her to the shelter where we scanned her for a microchip. Great news! She had one. The bad news? It wasn’t registered.

We weren’t going to stop there!  Brian, our Director of Customer Service, called the company that made the chip. The company gave him the name of the veterinary hospital in Oceanside that had purchased that specific chip. Brian then called the vet hospital and spoke with the doctor who had implanted the chip. She gave us the contact information for the cat’s owner and, within hours, there was a happy reunion.

There are two lessons in this story. The first is that it’s extremely important to microchip your pets. The second is that, once the chip is implanted, be sure to register that chip and keep your contact info up-to-date. Not every lost pet will have a team as dedicated as ours to help reunite fur families!

Every dog, cat and rabbit adopted from RCHS is microchipped and registered before it leaves our property. If you have questions about the process or would like to schedule an appointment for your pet, please call us at (760) 753-6413. The cost is $25, which includes registration.