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FREE National Microchip Registry


August 15 is National Check the Chip Day. This is an important day because as pet parents, we often do the right thing by microchipping our pets, but then the ongoing annual fees grows tiresome. Or we move and forget to change the contact information, or never change the initial contact information from the rescue we adopted from.

Found Animals is a FREE national registry that keeps accurate information on every chip. It’s free to set up an account, it’s simple to enter and change, and there are many other resources available on the site.

Found Animals doesn’t care who the chip manufacturer is or how many pets you register. It’s free, will reportedly always be free, and is critical to helping to ensure that pets are returned if they become lost.

Did you know:

Dogs are 2.5 times more likely to be returned to their owners if they are chipped.
Cats are 21.4 times more likely to be returned to their owners if they are chipped.

But the microchips only work if the owner’s information is accurate. Otherwise, they may be returned to the animal rescue or shelter and no further attempts to contact you could be made.

Since inception, Found Animals has:

…helped over 1,000,000 pets and their people through adoption, spay and neuter, microchipping and other initiatives
…provided more than $12 million in funding for dozens of research projects worldwide in pursuit of nonsurgical sterilization technology
…granted over $9 million to animal welfare organizations to support low-cost spay and neuter initiatives and pet reunification technology
…found homes for more than 15,000 shelter animals through their adoption promotions and Adopt & Shop retail stores
…received the support of over 400 volunteers who donated in excess of 45,000 hours of work.

August 23 is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – the inspiration that led Dr. Gary Michelson to start Found Animals Foundation, and ultimately the Found Animals Microchip Registry, a key infrastructure for large-scale pet identification and return. Hurricane Katrina was ground zero for many new initiatives in the care and support of our pets during emergencies. It’s important to stay prepared for any type of emergency and we’ve compiled some resources for easy reading on this topic below.

Learn more about microchipping and how to prepare for emergencies:


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