In advance of National Check the Chip Day tomorrow, August 15th, we thought we would pass on information about a universal microchip lookup tool at http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
What the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool Is and Is Not
The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool is not a microchip registry—it is an internet-based application to assist in the identification of those registries on which a particular microchip is registered, or otherwise provide the chip’s manufacturer. The tool works by searching the databases of participating companies. It will not return pet owner information contained in the registries’ databases, instead it will identify which registries should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned and a microchip number is identified.)
The American Animal Hospital Association does not maintain a database of microchips of its own. To register a microchip or update contact information for a microchip, pet owners should contact their pet recovery service. AAHA is unable to assist pet owners with their microchip registration and/or problems.
You might not be aware that there are many companies who provide microchips.
Participating Microchipping and Pet Recovery Services on PetMicroChipLookup.org
Currently, these companies are incorporated into the tool:
- 24PetWatch Pet Protection Services
- 911PetChip & Free Pet Chip Registry
- ACA MARRS
- AKC Reunite
- BC Pet Registry
- BeKind PetFind
- Found Animals
- Homeward Bound Pet
- Microchip I.D. Solutions
- Microchip ID Systems, Inc.
- Nanochip ID Inc.
- National Animal Identification Center
- PetLink (ResQ)
- Save This Life
- SmartTag Microchip
If your pet is lost and discovered by a finder, then the lost animal can be scanned for the chip and it can be entered into this large database search to see with which company it was registered. As mentioned above, the owner information is not available – the home registry of the microchip must be contacted so that that home registry can notify the pet owner. It may seem an elaborate process, but in this age of protecting information privacy, it does not put unnecessary information onto the internet.
The system works. As of 2017, just the company HomeAgain had reunited over 2,000,000 pets with their owners.
Tomorrow we will share an infographic that has some interesting statistics about the lost and the found pets.
If you are interested in getting your pets microchipped, we can do that for you. Give FCVC a call at 970-587-5140.