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Facts About Microchips

Lubbock Animal Services encourages having your pet permanently identified with a microchip. It is the best "insurance policy" for a lost animal. Lubbock Animal Services has scanners on all its vehicles and at the Shelter to check for microchips.

Every two seconds a family pet is lost.
Tragically many never make it back home because they lack identification. A microchip along with a collar & identification tag is the BEST ways to ensure you and your pet will be quickly reunited.

In today's society we treat our pets as beloved members of the family. While we try to do everything to ensure their safety, unforeseen events like a broken fence, open window or damage resulting from a storm or earthquake, may result in our pet becoming lost.

Why microchip if they already wear a collar and tag?
Simply because collars can fall off or break, tags can be lost or wear off so they are illegible. A combination of a microchip, properly fitting collar and current identification tag, and keeping your pet properly confined, are the best insurance policies you can provide to keep your animal friend safe.

What is a microchip and how does it work?
  • The microchip is a non-removable form of identification.
  • About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip contains a personal identification number that stays with your pet forever.
  • The microchip is inserted under the skin of your pet with an injection and it is a safe and easy procedure.
  • When a lost animal is found, it can be taken to a local animal shelter, veterinary office, or animal control agency and examined with a hand-held scanner that reads a code specific to your animal.
  • Every animal with a microchip should be registered with the manufacturer. The manufacturer provides a 24-hour telephone hot-line and can provide the finder with information necessary to help reunite you and your pet quickly. Ask about this when adopting.
Hopefully your pet will never need this protection, but microchip identification can help provide insurance that you and your pet will be reunited after an accidental separation.