Microchips: What you need to know
A microchip is not a guarantee that your lost pet will return home, but it significantly increases the chances of reuniting with your companion. Even if your pet doesn't run away, unexpected disasters can occur that may leave you separated.
Hurricane Katrina taught us a lot about the importance of permanent identification: the Louisiana SCPA reported that of the 15,000 rescued pets (not including the tens of thousands unaccounted for), only 15-20% made it back to their families.
The absolute best thing you can do to increase your pet's chances of returning home is have a collar with tags that display your cell phone number and home address. However, collars can be lost or removed, so we recommend a microchip as another means of identification.
Microchip Questions & Concerns
I'd like my pet to be microchipped. What's next?
We use HomeAgain microchips at Allegheny North Veterinary Hospital. Lifetime registration is included in the cost of the microchip, so your pet's ID number will always be available in the searchable database.
HomeAgain also offers additional membership benefits as an option, including 24/7 access to Lost Pet Recovery Specialists and $500 Travel Assistance to have your pet flown home if found over 500 miles away.
Microchipped dogs in Pennsylvania are eligible for a Lifetime Dog License. This saves you time and money, because it eliminates the need to pay an annual license fee to the treasurer. You'll need the lifetime license application form, as well as a Permanent Identification Verification Form (we must provide you with this at the office). These get sent with your payment to your county's treasurer.
From the Allegheny County Treasurer:
The fee for a Pennsylvania Lifetime Dog License is $51.50 for a non-neutered male or non-spayed female; $31.50 for a neutered male or spayed female. Senior citizens can purchase the lifetime licenses for $31.50 for a non-neutered male or non-spayed female; $21.50 for a neutered male or spayed female, respectively.
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