National Pet ID Week ~ Microchips $10!

April 20, 2011

There is no thought more frightening to a pet owner than losing a cherished family pet.  Besides standard ID collars, pet owners should consider microchipping should their pets get loose. The Humane Society of Elkhart County is raising awareness of this problem by participating in National Pet ID Week, starting April 18th

One of the best ways to ensure that a lost pet is returned home is to have your pet microchipped.   A microchip is a tiny computer chip, small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle, which is used to inject the chip underneath the skin of your pet.  The procedure is completely safe and is no more painful to your pet than a typical vaccination injection.

Each microchip comes programmed with a unique identification number.  This number is registered with a national tracking database system that can provide your name, address and telephone number. When receiving a lost pet, a shelter or veterinarian use a special hand-held scanner to detect and read the microchip. The identification number enables the owner to be found 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Unlike a pet collar with ID tags, a microchip is permanent and will not fade or become separated from your pet.  As an added bonus, the chip is guaranteed to last for the entire lifetime of your pet, giving you piece of mind for as long as you own your pet.

“Losing a pet can be an extraordinarily difficult event”, said Anne Reel, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Elkhart County.  “For many people, a pet is like a member of the family.  We are always thrilled to be able to re-unite lost pets with their owners.  Having your pet microchipped goes a long way towards ensuring that a lost pet can be returned quickly and easily.”

As part of National Pet ID Week, the Humane Society of Elkhart County is offering microchip service for only $10, half off the regular price of $20.   This great price is available only for the week of April 18th; so call the Humane Society offices today at (574) 848-4225 to make an appointment for this invaluable service!  The office is open 9am to 6:30pm, Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm on Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday. Due to the volume of potential interest, appointments are necessary and will be made starting after 12:00 noon.



  1. Protecting your pet with proper ID is a key factor in saving its life if lost. Micro-chipping is only good “after” the pets been rescued and is in a safe place that hopefully has the proper scanner to read that brand of chip. It’s good to have but needs an exterior tag for best results.

    There’s a great new pet id tag called Pawtags Rescue. Each tag has its own ID number and 24/7 Live Operator toll free number. You can list up to ten contact numbers, rabies id, city licensing, micro-chip and Vet-Med info in your pet profile. It’s private and used only by the Operators to rescue your pet. Found at http://www.pawtags.com

    Pawtags also has a great PAWS Alert Lost pet auto-poster for members and the only ones with a nationwide zip code search program that gives you every Animal Control facility within 50 square miles—that’s the only place your pet will end up at.

    All this for only $10 for lifetime guaranteed tag and first year Live Operator Rescue service. Shelters that sell tags keep 72% of the profits and the company donates a portion of all sales to needy Shelters. Its only 19.99 at any time to upgrade to a Lifetime membership. Tags are cool and weatherproof and transferable.

    Good deal and nice knowing your pet has a live 24/7 team to protect them. Kind of like the Verizon commercials! Cool.

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