To remind pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date, AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.” Microchips greatly increase the chances that pets will be reunited with their families if they are lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.
The Prince William SPCA has sponsored the microchip program at the Prince William County Animal Shelter since January 1, 2014. Each cat or dog adopted from the shelter receives a complimentary microchip. Strays that enter the shelter system and are redeemed by their families will receive microchips before departing. There is no fee to the pet owner for this service. As of August 2017, the Prince William SPCA funded 7,025 microchips worth $52,527!
Not sure where your pet’s chip is registered? Visit the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool at petmicrochiplookup.org. To update your pet’s registration, you’ll need your pet’s microchip number. If you haven’t already created an account with the manufacturer, you’ll need to do that as well so you can access the registration in the future to update the information. Make sure all of the information, particularly your phone number(s) and address, is correct.