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The SVAS provides a microchip at the time of adoption. In addition, the SVAS offers this service to the public at of cost stated below. Microchips are an immunization against homelessness. The Minot Air Force Base requires all pets to be microchipped.

A microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the animal’s skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that is registered with a national database along with the pet owner’s address and phone number. The microchip can be read by scanners that are currently used by most animal organizations and veterinary clinics.

Micro-chipping of a National Chip System provided by AVID, including national registration, costs $40.00 for one animal.

On the other hand, microchipping of an International Chip System also provided by AVID, which also includes national registration, costs $60 per animal. Please note that some companies have recently started using the International Chip System, which uses an International Standards Organization (ISO) compliant microchip, new in the United States, but widely used across Europe and Canada. If you wish to implant an ISO chip, please notify us beforehand since ISO chips are a special order item and can take up to 2 weeks to receive.

At SVAS, we have both ISO and non-ISO scanners.