Steve Dale, USA WEEKEND contributing editor, explains why all pets need microchips.
Microchipping pets saves lives. That’s the bottom line. I’ve been a microchip supporter for a very long time.
Need proof? HomeAgain Pet Recovery service recently recovered its 1 millionth pet — that’s not a typo.
Without a microchip, odds of pets being reunited with their families are meager. How can anyone refute microchipping or simply “not bother” when it’s so abundantly clear that microchipping saves lives? The hard truth is that without a chip many of those 1 million pets would have been euthanized.
Many dogs wear collars with ID information (which can fall off or be removed, unlike a microchip). Cats rarely wear collars (though I certainly endorse the idea).
One study from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) showed that, when acclimated, cats really don’t mind wearing a collar, despite what people may commonly believe.
When pets get lost (and according to statistics, one in three might get lost in a lifetime – so it happens frequently), cats are less likely to be recovered than dogs. The overwhelming majority of cats don’t have a microchip.
The reality is that even indoor cats do get out. Having a microchip shifts those odds dramatically, so at least the cat has a chance.
I’m proud to be a part of a loosely knit national campaign to microchip cats, which began several years back with the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation. Gradually, more and more cat owners are on board.
Few of us expect our pets to get lost. Read about one family reunited with their dog, and the value of microchipping.
You can see how easy the process is. This video show my cat Roxy microchipped by Dr. Sheldon Rubin.
Steve Dale is a certified dog/cat behavior consultant and contributing editor USA WEEKEND. Steve’s a syndicated newspaper columnist and radio host, and his latest e-books are Good Dog! and Good Cat! Read more about him here.