If Your Pet is Lost – Can we Find You?
Faces like these staring out of cages are commonplace across pet shelters, pounds and Vet Clinics across our community.
It is not unusual for people to bring wandering pets into local vet clinics to keep them safe while staff try and identify who they belong to. The only accurate way to do this is by scanning for a microchip which hopefully links the pet to its registered owner.
Sometimes the lost pet is not microchipped so we have no way to identify where it has come from or who the owner is.
The only thing we can do is hope that someone will miss this face and call us pretty quickly.
If this doesn’t happen – we are required by law to send these unidentified pets to the local pound.
If Your Pet Has a Microchip – we can probably Find You
The best way to make sure your lost pet can always be returned to you is through Microchipping. This tiny identification chip is smaller than a grain of rice but holds the necessary details to help us connect your pet with you.
By law – all cats and dogs need to be microchipped for local Council registration however there are still many pets which are not.
Each Microchip has a unique number which then becomes your pet’s unique ID. This unique number is linked to your contact details which include your name, current address and phone number.
We can scan any lost pet for this unique number and then search relevant databases for your contact details.
Once we find this, we can contact you and let you know your pet is safe with us and waiting for you to come and take her home. A Happy Ending for everyone!
When Microchipping Does Not Work
In order for this very simple and effective system to work however means you need to keep your contact details up to date.
If you move address or change your phone contact details – and you have a microchipped pet registered with your previous details – please make sure you notify the relevant organisation through which your pet’s microchip is registered.
If you don’t do this – anyone finding your pet may not be able to contact you.
How to Check Where Your Pet is Registered
We use Central Animal Records as our Database so the document should look like this.
If you do not receive this document within a few weeks of microchipping your pet with us – please let us know immediately.
Moving House? New Mobile? Updating Your Pet’s Records
If you have changed any of your important contact details – please contact your relevant database provider for information on how to update your contact details.
Not Sure Which Database Your Pet is Registered With?
If you don’t know where your pet is registered – go to Pet Address and type in your pet’s microchip number.
If your pet is registered on a database, the search engine function will be able to tell you. Once you know where your pet is registered – you can contast them directly and update your details.
Central Animal Records has a very helpful FAQ page which gives you all the information you need about microchip registrations to include:
- Updating Your contact details
- Transferring ownership
- Deceased Pet Notification
- Breeder Litter Microchipping and lots more
Check Your Pet’s Microchip Records Today
Add this important task to your planner this week. If your pet is Not Microchipped – make an appointment to have this done.
If your pet is Microchipped – check your pet’s registration details and update if needed.