No matter how responsible you are or how well-behaved your pet is, it is possible that one day he or she may become lost or stolen. Collars can fall off and tags can be removed, but pet microchip identification is a permanent way to ensure that if your pet goes missing, the authorities can trace ownership of the animal back to you.
VHS offers microchipping for $25 at the time of spay/neuter surgery or at our Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic on Saturday mornings. We use Michelson Found Animals microchips and national registration is included in that cost. Keep in mind that most microchips are not GPS tracking devices. They work when someone finds a lost pet as long as the owner’s information is up-to-date.
The Vanderburgh Humane Society and most veterinary clinics & shelters offer free microchip scanning. If you’ve found an animal, we can scan for a microchip at our facility at no charge during General Business Hours. If you own a pet and aren’t sure what their microchip number is, we’d be happy to scan them so you can contact the company to make sure it is properly registered.
The Importance of Microchipping...
"My brother and I adopted Virginia, now named Mya, a Shepherd mix from the Humane Society of Indianapolis last July. After only a month with her, she escaped from our yard and went missing. We contacted the microchip company to report her lost, we made signs, and talked to shelters all over Indiana trying to bring her home. We started to lose hope after October. I got the best birthday wish I could’ve asked for in February. I got a call from the microchip company saying that someone had found Mya. That day we went to pick her up, and she was still in great shape and had been taken care of. After 6 months, our precious girl found her way back to us on my birthday. This was truly the best birthday present ever!”