The Humane Society of Calloway encourages all pet owners to have a
microchip implanted in each pet to provide a safe, permanent way of
protecting your pet for a lifetime when it becomes lost. Microchips
allow lost pets to be identified at humane societies, shelters or
veterinary clinics and greatly increase the chance that your pet will be
returned to you quickly.
The Humane Society regularly holds pet ID clinics in Calloway County
where microchips are implanted for $10 each and custom pet ID tags are
made for $3 each.
Why should I microchip my pet?
Each year millions of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by animal
welfare organizations across the United States. Of these animals only
14% of the dogs and 4% of
the cats (estimated figures) are ever returned home. The major reason
for failing to reunite a lost pet with its owner is because the pets are
unidentifiable. Microchipping offers you the only truly permanent method
of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner.
If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in a lost pet
emergency, microchipping is your best option.
What type of microchip does the Humane
How does it work?
A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted between the
shoulder blades of the pet. The pet is then enrolled with 24PetWatch’s
national database at no additional charge.
The 24PetWatch database is considered by many to be the most dependable,
up-to-date database in the industry. When a lost pet is found, we can
scan it at the Humane Society, at the Murray-Calloway Animal Shelter, at
local veterinary clinics and at most humane societies, animal shelters
and veterinary clinics nationwide. The animal’s identification number is
called to 24PetWatch (1-866-597-2424) and the pet owner is notified
When pets are
also receive a yellow tag to wear, with their 24PetWatch identification
number. The tags alone help identify lost pets, but tags and collars can
come off easily. A microchip provides permanent identification that
remains in place for the pet’s lifetime.
always wears a collar and tags so why do I need to microchip him?
Collars and tags may be removed or get lost and tattooing can become
illegible over time. Microchipping is the only truly permanent method of
identifying your dog.
I have a cat. Should I microchip her?
Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable. If they are drawn away
from the safety of home, being microchipped gives them the best chance
of getting home safely.
How big is the microchip?
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and cannot be seen
after it is implanted in the dog or cat.
How are pets microchipped?
The procedure is simple and similar to giving a vaccination. Each
microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator. It is injected
in a relatively painless procedure
just under the skin between the shoulder blades and
seconds. After insertion, the body attaches scar tissue to the
microchip, which holds it firmly in place under the skin between the
shoulder blades. A hand held scanner will display the microchip number
when it is passed over the animal's back.
What if I relocate or
change phone numbers?
You should receive an enrollment confirmation letter a few weeks after
your pet is microchipped. If you move or change your phone number or if
your emergency contact moves or changes their phone number, you can
update the information at no charge by logging on to
www.24petwatch.com. Changes can be made at by calling 24PetWatch at
1-866-597-2424 for only $9.95/year. For this fee the company will also
validate your information annually. These services
are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
if I have a pet that already has a chip?
Microchips from any provider can also be registered in the 24PetWatch
24PetWatch will send
you a free ID tag with the 24PetWatch phone number so your pet can
quickly be identified when found.
previously microchipped pet now.
When can you microchip
Humane Society holds pet ID clinics regularly. Check the
or contact us at (270) 759-1884 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have five or more pets which you
would like to have microchipped, please contact us about having us come
to your home or farm to microchip your pets.
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