They cannot be removed like a collar and tags.
Legally establish ownership when properly registered. (You should register your chip, no one else)
Can easily be scanned for FREE by any shelter or vet clinic without an appointment in the lobby.
Animals should be scanned over the entire body; head to tail, down the legs. TWICE, minimum.
Animal Shelter's should all scan animals upon intake as standard practice.
Not all Animal Control officers or Law Enforcement officers have microchip scanners, even if they do it may not be a universal scanner and they probably won't know as much about them as your local shelter.
Not all microchip scanners are created equal. Some places still have old scanners which are not "universal microchip scanners" and will not pick up all brands of microchips.
Microchips do not have to be registered to that microchip's registration company, but they should be or your pet's microchip registration may not be found if your missing pet is scanned. Most people only know to contact the registration associated with that microchip brand's related registry. If the microchip is AVID, they will likely not contact HomeAgain, and so forth.
A microchip can be registered to more than one company. We do not recommend this because it can become confusing if your information becomes outdated and you need to update the registrations. This is good to know if you have found an animal and are trying to locate registration information on your own.
Do not microchip your animal more than once, it is not needed almost ever. If your animal has more than one microchip and is scanned for a microchip. The scanning person normally stops when they pick up a microchip number with the scanner. If you have more than one chip in your animal - which one do you think they picked up with the scanner? There is no way to know which microchip they will find first and this is very dangerous for you and your animal. If you have a much older animal with an older microchip, before anti-migration technology was introduced and it has traveled to a leg or somewere other than the normal microchip body region (rare) you may want to re-microchip. If you do this you will need to make sure the old microchip and the new microchip numbers are both referenced in the old registration as well as the registration for the old chip so they are linked in the event the leg one is picked up.
Animal Shelters offering lost and found services will be your best source of microchip information BY FAR. This is because they scan and locate more owners of microchipped animals than any vet clinic, rescue, or private party. They are one of the few resources that can tell you what you really need to do to keep your animal tied to you. Many also offer microchip implantation services.
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Keep in mind that owners of Camano's missing pets know CASA is where stray animals are housed and do come looking for them. By law animals are personal property and citizens who choose to house found pets need to obey laws regarding the harboring of stray animals. Please contact the shelter on what you can do to help find a found animal's owner. Lets help these animals find their way back home!