Microchip Your Pet
Microchipping your companion animal (pet) gives you the best chance of reuniting with them if they happen to run away or get lost. Microchipping is a quick and easy procedure where a tiny chip – about the size of a grain of rice – is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck.
How does it work?
Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a registry with details about the animal and owner, so if the unthinkable happens and your pet goes missing then veterinarians, shelters or local councils can scan their chip and get your contact details.
Once a microchip is inserted, it will stay there for the duration of your pet’s life. Collars and ID tags are great – and should still be used – but if your pet breaks free from their collar or their tag falls off, a microchip will still help them be identified.
Of course, one of the best ways you can prevent this is to make sure that your beloved companion animal is safely contained on your property. For cats, this means keeping them in enclosed escape-proof outdoor area or indoors, and for dogs who have access to a backyard, making sure that backyard is escape-proof.
Keeping everything up to date
While microchips are the best way for your companion to be returned home, it is only effective if you keep your details on the microchip database up to date. Should you ever move house or change your phone number – or if your companion animal ownership changes – it’s vital you update the microchip database with which you are registered so they have access to your most up to date contact details.
The easiest way to update your contact details is to inform the microchip company of any changes by using your pet’s microchip number.
If you can’t remember your pet’s microchip number, contact your vet or the database your pet’s microchip is registered with if known, and they will be able to assist.
A quick and easy procedure
Some people might be worried that microchipping might distress their pet, but it’s important to know that microchipping is a quick (only takes a few seconds), safe and simple procedure that causes very little discomfort to your pet. Some pets may flinch or yelp as the chip is implanted, however the pain is minimal and short-lived and most animals will forget about it very quickly. The benefits of microchipping in terms of identifying a lost animal and reuniting them with their owner far outweigh any minimal, momentary discomfort.
All animals adopted from the SPCA are microchipped. However, if your pet is not yet microchipped then we recommend that you make an appointment with your vet or visit our SPCA to have your pet microchipped as soon as possible.
You can fill in the form below to make your booking to have your pet/s microchipped at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.
YOU CAN HAVE PEACE OF MIND FOR ONLY R150
Help us REUNITE the Lost and Found
More than 90% of lost and found pets arrive at our pound without any form of identification.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA processes more than 100 of these missing pet reports every month.
You can also bring your pet to be microchipped at any of our Mobile Clinics.
THE POWER OF A MICROCHIP
Please MICROCHIP your pets to ensure their safety
Contact 021 700 4152 to arrange a microchip TODAY!
DID YOU KNOW?
– Every private vet or animal welfare organisation has microchip scanning capability?
– Lost or displaced pets are likely to be taken to their closest vet or animal welfare?
It would then seem illogical not to have your pets microchipped, wouldn’t you agree?