Enough is enough. We have had at least four lost/missing pets this past week alone. This is four too many. For the most part, assuming no foul play you can be reunited with your pet. Signs can be put up both in your neighborhood, calls made to all the local area veterinarians. The animal care and control (http://nycacc.org/LostFound.htm) even has a website that allows you to both look for and post information about your lost pet. However, the best way to get your pet back is by making sure your pet has a microchip. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted behind the neck area of your pet via an injection. The microchip has a number on it that is just for your pet. The number needs to be registered with your contact information. The microchip contact information must be kept up to date in order to be reunited with your pet. If not, it will be very difficult if not impossible to reunite you with your pet.
All dogs should have a microchip. Dog’s can get off their leash, be left in the yard or run out of an open door in a matter of seconds. However, a microchip is not only for dogs. But…my cat is an indoor cat, it can’t get out. Really? For the most part that may be true, however what about the rare instance when the door is left open and your kitty wanders out, and down the hall etc. Sounds far-fetched, but it does happen. Or are you one of these people that think that your cat needs to go outside? Bad idea, you may be asking for trouble. They can get into fights, contract fleas and become lost. Please keep your cat indoors and safe.
If you have adopted your pet from a shelter or rescue group, they usually have a microchip inserted. Did you register the chip in your name? Not sure? No worries. If you have the chip number you can check online at www.petmicrochiplookup.org If you do not know the number of the microchip we can scan your pet. The scanner is able to ascertain if a chip has been inserted and indicates the number of the chip.