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Microchipping: The Way to Bring Your Pets Home

Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Day

Hurricanes, fires, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes can force you to evacuate your home in a panic, which can mean leaving beloved pets behind, or even losing them in the chaos. Every year, millions of lost pets are picked up by a local Humane Society in hopes of returning them to their owners. In the event you are separated from your cat or dog, microchipping can help identify them and get them safely back in your arms.

Register with a database

Did you know that one third of family pets go missing every year? The 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Team reunites over 3,000 pets with their owners each month in North America, and offers complimentary lost pet recovery services when you call to register or visit any Petco Grooming Salon. However, 40 percent of microchipped pets are not registered with a lost pet recovery database. It’s important to register your pet once the microchip is implanted and keep your contact information up to date.

Microchipping is the implanting of a rice-sized, radio-frequency identification device (RFID) below the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. It’s a relatively painless procedure. Your pet won’t even know it’s there. And although it can’t tell you where your pet is, like a GPS, it does allow you to store your most up to date contact information to connect you with your pet’s finder. Visit to find your convenient location.

Peace of mind

Unlike a collar or a tag, a microchip is a permanent ID for your cat or dog that cannot be removed or lost, and it’s very affordable. Take advantage of a special $19 all-inclusive microchip service, performed by a local veterinarian, available at any Petco store that features Vetco, mobile vaccination clinics, THRIVE Affordable Vet Care or The Pet Vet hospitals – until November 17th. 

When it comes to protecting your pets, a microchip can be the difference between lost and found. Register your pet today to get complimentary Lost Pet Recovery Services from 24PetWatch. Call 1-833-461-8752 to get your pet home safely.

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