In order to raise awareness of the need to ensure your pet can be identified and returned if (s)he gets lost, the 3rd week of April has been designated National Pet ID Week. During this week, we like to remind people to not only make sure their dogs and cats are wearing identification tags, but to also check the tags to make sure the information on them can be read easily and is accurate/up to date. We also like to remind people of the benefits of microchipping their cats & dogs as a way to help identify and recover lost pets.
According to research, microchipped dogs who ended up in shelters were 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their families than dogs who were not microchipped the rates were even higher for microchipped cats, who were reunited at a rate 20 times higher than those who are not chipped. The benefits of microchipping don’t end there. In the state of Pennsylvania, dogs with a permanent form of identification such as a microchip, are eligible for a lifetime dog license which can reduce the hassle and cost of having to get a new license each year.
All TLC dogs are microchipped, complete with a lifetime registration, prior to adoption. If you have a dog or cat is not microchipped, this is a great time to remedy the situation because there are a lot of clinics offering free or low-cost microchipping in support of National Pet ID week.