The simplest way to help ensure you find a missing pet is to have it microchipped.

Thousands of pets go missing each year even with the most careful and loving pet owners. Sadly, many of these animals and owners are never reunited. The simplest way to ensure you find a missing pet is to have it microchipped.

How does microchipping work?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip which has a unique identification number programmed into it. Smaller than a grain of rice, the chip is inserted under the pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The insertion procedure is no more painful than an injection. Once implanted, the microchip will identify your pet throughout its life – it cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.

How can microchipping help to find my pet?

Each microchip carries it own unique identification number which is entered with the owner’s details on to the national Petlog database. If a lost or stolen pet is found, a special scanner is passed over the microchip immediately reveals the number. A simple phone call to Petlog can ascertain the owner’s details and pet and owner can be quickly reunited. The RSPCA, as well as many other welfare organisations, vets and local authority dog wardens have scanners which can read the microchip’s details.

My pet has got a collar and tag so why should it be microchipped?

Legally all dogs must be microchipped and also have a collar with a tag clearly displaying the owners details.

Which animals can be microchipped and from what age?

Most animals can be microchipped, but it is commonly used on dogs, cats and horses. Puppies and kittens can be identified anytime from 8-12 weeks old. We will also microchip ferrets before they are homed.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary but usually microchipping costs between £25 - £30.

Where can I get my pet microchipped?

Talk to your vets about microchipping, alternatively call our clinic in Shirley to see if they are able to help you. 02380 783000.

FACT: 35% of the stray cats The Stubbington Ark recieves are reunited with their owners.

FACT: More than 3.5 million animals have been microchipped in the UK and it is The Stubbington Ark’s policy to microchip all dogs, cats and ferrets we rehome.