HHS Community Microchip Day
Hinsdale Humane Society offers a reduced fee microchip service for dogs and cats every Tuesday of each month from 3pm – 7pm. Cost is $25 per pet. Microchip services normally run between $40 - $60. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please call 630-323-5630 x 0.
Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America. Some of these animals never make it home again because they can’t be identified.
Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you. Collars can be removed and tags can break or become unreadable. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it were to go missing, microchipping is your best option.
What is a microchip and how does it work?
A microchip is a transponder device, about the size of a grain of rice, which contains unique series of characters used to identify the animal if it's lost. The device is implanted between the shoulder blades and is administered similarly to a vaccine using a syringe. Once implanted, the microchip remains just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime becoming a permanent form of identification; your pet won't even know it's there.
How does a microchip work?
When your pet is found by an animal shelter or vet, a scanner is used to detect your pet's microchip. The scanner will provide the unique ID number associated with the chip which is linked to your contact information in a database.
Unfortunately, a microchip is not an active pet tracking device and therefore it is essential for you to keep your contact information current with the microchip’s manufacturer. GPS products are available as collar attachments, but these are not considered permanent as the collar could be removed or lost.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I microchip my pet?
Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you should it become lost. If you want to dramatically improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe, implanting your pet with a microchip is your best option.
My dog always wears a collar and tags, why do I need to microchip it?
Collars and tags can be removed or get lost. Microchips are the only truly permanent method of identifying your dog. It lasts for the lifetime of the pet.
I have an indoor cat – should I microchip it?
Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable. In the event that your cat strays away from the safety of your home, a microchip is your cat’s best chance of a fast return.
Does microchipping hurt the animal?
Animal microchips are typically implanted just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle, and most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted.