What is a microchip and why is it important?
Microchipping has a high success rate for reuniting pets with their owners. All pets that leave the SVAS are microchipped (& registered!) as standard procedure. We strive to microchip 1,000 pets every year! A microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice. These devices contain four components: capacitor, antenna, connecting wire, and a covering.
The devices are battery-free and sealed in biocompatible glass or polymer covered by a sheath to prevent migration. Microchips are activated by a low-power radiofrequency signal emitted by scanners; electromagnetic induction generates electricity in the antenna and transmits the information stored in the microchip. When activated by the scanner, the microchip transmits a unique, preprogrammed identification number. The company of the microchip can then be contacted with the microchip number to collect the owner’s information to contact them.
Please keep in mind that the microchip does not have GPS capabilities, which is a common misconception.
Microchipping is available for non-shelter pets as well for $40.
The procedure is very quick and walk-ins are no longer welcome, but appts. are.
ISO (International) microchips are available upon request and cost $60.
Pets should be at least 6 weeks of age or older.