Microchipping pets is at an all-time high. But this little act of kindness is meaningless if the chip is not registered – and if the owner doesn’t keep information up-to-date.
Pet owners are usually surprised to learn that one in every three pets is lost in its lifetime. In the past five years alone, more than 3 million lost cats and more than 700,000 lost dogs were never reunited with their owners. Sad story after sad story shows that a microchip itself isn’t enough; microchips must be registered, and contact information kept current, to increase the chances of being reunited with a lost pet.
To help pet parents manage their pets’ microchips, the Found Animal Foundation just launched a new microchip registry, Found.org. This free registry which takes advantage of electronic media will revolutionized the way pets are reunited with their families.
One of the best parts about the Found.org microchip registry is that it is fully automated. Thus, pet owners are immediately notified if their pet has been found via texts, emails and calls. The messages also inform pet owners how and where to pick-up their pets. The alerts continue for four days unless the pet is picked-up sooner. And since millions of pets go missing every year, this registry will undoubtedly bring countless moments of joy when a lost pet is recovered. And for most pet owners, any added level of protection contributes to peace of mind.
The Found Animal Foundation along with the City of Los Angeles also recently declared June, Microchip Month, and they both hope that through the new registry, public outreach, discounted – and sometimes even free – microchipping that there will be more lost pet stories with happy, rather than sad, endings. The Found Animal Foundation also provides low-cost microchips and scanners to shelters, clinics and veterinarians across the country, all in an effort to make microchipping, registering animals and reuniting lost pets with their families faster and easier. That is good news for all parties involved and this multi-pronged effort will undoubtedly lead to fewer euthanized animals. So, three cheers to the Found Animal Foundation and their new registry — and to all of the future happy endings!
Do you have a lost and found pet story? Was your pet microchipped? After reading this story will you microchip and/or register your pet with Found.org?