Benefits of Microchipping:
- Most pet owners buy their dogs and cats collars and add a name tag with the pet’s name and the owner’s phone number. These are great, but outdated. They can easily break, fall off, or the name or phone number can wear off the tag over time. The microchip is permanent and can’t be separated from the pet.
- If your dog or cat is lost or stolen, the chip and its registration is definitive proof of ownership. This is particularly helpful in the case of stolen pets, where ownership might be in dispute.
- A chip greatly increases the likelihood that your pet will be returned to you if they are lost. Several recent studies show that cats with microchips are 20 times more likely to be returned to their owner and chipped dogs are returned 2.5 times more than unchipped dogs. That’s a pretty significant difference, and with over 10 million pets being lost each year, you want to do everything you can to ensure that your pet finds its way back to your home.
- Some chip manufacturers are enhancing the chips’ capabilities and adding functionality. An innovation we have seen is the ability to program the chip to open your pet door only when your pet approaches. This can be helpful in keeping out stray critters that may find their way into your home. Some manufacturers also offer lost pet alerting services and even travel assistance for folks who like to take their pets along on their holiday.
- Finally, microchips last a lifetime. Once implanted, you don’t have to worry about them, although it is a good idea to have your vet scan your pet annually to guard against any malfunction.
WendRover Pet Connection
Located in the rural community of West Wendover, Nevada, and founded in 2018, WendRover Pet Connection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit caring for and transporting dogs and cats who have found their way into West Wendover Animal Control, and have no other option at a second chance of life. The focus is to provide adoption services, critical transportation efforts, educational resources, and medical assistance for homeless pets as well as owned pets.