Microchip your Pet

MicrochipHeart of the Valley takes in at least 1,000 stray animals from our community each year.  The first thing we do upon intake is check for tags or a microchip.  Unfortunately, tags can be unreliable because collars fall off.  Microchipping is one way to ensure your pet can be identified by us if they become lost or stolen and come through our doors.

All pets adopted from Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter are microchipped. They are automatically registered with 24Pet Watch. This is a national 24-hour data base registry that anyone can call to report a found animal. Most shelters in the United States and many overseas scan every animal in their facility for microchips. Your only duty for maintenance is to call and update your information if you should move or change contact phone numbers.

Heart of the Valley will microchip your dogs or cats by appointment during our normal business hours. Heart of the Valley is only able to microchip cats and dogs, for any other species contact your veterinarian.

How much does a microchip cost?

At Heart of the Valley we microchip animals for $40. This cost can help return a lost pet to you quickly and helps in cases of theft. What better way to identify ownership!

How long does the microchip last?

The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts. It is designed with an operating life of over 25 years. Once injected, the microchip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. The chip requires no care. It does not pass through or out of the body.

How does a microchip system work?

A special scanner sends a harmless radio signal to the tiny microchip that has been implanted under the skin of the pet. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Once installed, it safely stays between the shoulder blades of the pet. The animal feels nothing as the chip quickly sends its ID number back to the scanner where it is displayed in the viewing window.

Once an animal is injected with the chip, they can be identified throughout their life by this unique ID number. This identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.

Does the procedure hurt the animal?

Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, animals do not over react to it. Anesthesia is not required or recommended. The microchip is biocompatible and has a special coating that helps it stay in place.

Where is the injection site in dogs and cats?

Dogs and cats are injected between the shoulder blades with a deep subcutaneous (under the skin) delivery of the chip.

Do you sell a microchip for use in ferrets, snakes, turtles, and other exotic pets?

No, Heart of the Valley is only able to micro-chip cats and dogs. If you are interested in micro-chipping any other species you can check with your vet.