We have had a few lost pets come in that had microchips and a few that didn’t. In fact, we shared a story about a cat last week with you that came in with a chip and was home within the hour!

I wanted to share some information with you about how many pets that are lost do or don’t make it back home.

In a study involving over 7,700 stray pets, the number of non-microchipped dogs that were safely returned to their owners was just under 22%. Very few dog owners would wish that their chances of finding their beloved lost pet were as low as one in five. As such, the solution that many have turned to is to have a microchip injected into their scampering young member of the family in order to raise these meager odds.

At this stage it is important to note that this is not a tracking microchip that can be used to pinpoint a dog’s location. The idea behind it is that when a dog is handed into an animal shelter, they can scan the dog for the microchip. This will then give them the animal identification number in order to search the database so as to contact the owner. The same study of 7,700 stray pets revealed that dogs with implanted microchips have a 51.2% chance of being reunited with their owners, a near 30% increase over those without.

Learn more about microchipping your dog or cat.