Importance of pet identification:
Each year, hundreds of lost or abandoned animals are sheltered by the Humane Society of the Palouse. Many of these companion animals are reunited with their loved ones. Some however, an owner is never found. Those without permanent identification who arrive are less likely to be reunited.
When you identify your pet, there is more than one form of identification suggested by us here at HSoP.
We recommend having a collar with up to date identification tags as well as a registered and up to date Microchip.
Here’s why we find that both forms of pet identification essential in the safe and timely return of your furry family member. Even though collars can come off, there is a good chance that they won’t. Having up to date and legible identification tags on your pet will help aid in getting your pet home faster. Avoiding the stress of a visit to our shelter is what is best for you pet. We do love making new furry friends, and we do our best to keep them as comfortable as possible during their stay, but at home with you is where they would much rather be. Using a collar with tags in addition to a microchip just further ensures their and your comfort in being reunited.
Collar tags can break or become unreadable. If this were to happen, microchipping is your pets permanent form of identification. Every companion animal that arrives as a stray to any humane society or vet clinic is scanned for a microchip. Microchipping offers pet owners the security and peace of mind that comes from the only permanent pet identification technology. Microchips are a safe, secure and permanent way to reunite you and your pet.
You can purchase pet identification tags here in Moscow at Petco, as well as at the Moscow and Pullman Pets are People too store locations.
You can have you pet microchipped here at the Humane Society of the Palouse for $30.00. No appointment is necessary. You can also have your pet microchipped at any local veterinary clinic.
What is a Microchip?
If your pet becomes lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet’s microchip.
**It is vital to keep your contact information up to date so that you can be reached.
All dogs and cats adopted from HSoP are microchipped with Home Again. Any owned dogs and cats microchipped by HSoP are microchipped with Home Again microchips as well.
Have more questions about microchips, check out American Veterinary Medical Foundation
A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is a radio-frequency identification transponder made up of just a few components encased within a slender capsule of bioglass, which is used extensively for implants in both humans and animals. Microchips are the only form of identification that cannot fall off, be taken off, or become illegible and it lasts your pets entire lifetime.
The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.