Guide/How-to| Animal Shelter, Plan to Scan, Veterinarian Awareness

Did you know that more and more companion and community cats are getting microchipped?

Microchips can save lives, and they help reunite lost pets or community cats with their colony!

Microchip implantation is quick, simple, inexpensive, essentially painless, and virtually stress-free for animals. They are implanted by a veterinarian through a quick injection, like a routine vaccination. No anesthetic is required. Microchipping your cat or kitten and community cats today could save their lives.

  • When you microchip a companion cat, you increase her chances of being reunited with her family if lost.
    Microchipped cats are reunited with their family 38.5% of the time, compared to just 1.8% of the time if not microchipped.
  • Microchips increase the chances of community cats being returned to the correct colony.
    Microchips allow shelters to locate caregivers if a cat is brought in. Cats have a bond with their outdoor family—their fellow cats and sometimes their caregivers. Returning them to their specific outdoor home is very important.
  • Microchips help shelters and veterinarians track animals.
    Microchip scanning helps shelters and veterinarians ensure they have the right animal for a procedure! Each chip has a unique number that is associated with only one animal—no mixups!
  • Microchipping is in compliance with AVMA guidelines.
    The American Veterinary Medical Association agrees that microchips are crucial to identifying animals and returning them
    to their families.
  • Microchips are a permanent ID tag.
    A single microchip can last a cat’s full lifespan.
  • Microchips help reunite cats with their family or colony in emergency evacuations.
    Companion cats or community cats can sometimes get lost during a natural disaster. Microchips are a permanent identifier for your pet or community cat.
  • Microchips are necessary for travel outside the United States.
    Most countries require microchips for visiting animals. Research before you travel.

Be Sure to Register Your Microchip! 

Getting your cat microchipped isn’t enough. Don’t forget to register your microchip with your contact information too! Without registering the microchip, the finder will have no way of contacting you about your cat. You can either register with the microchip company that may charge registration or annual fees, or with free databases such as Found Animals Registry ( ), which is a nonprofit service. Registering the microchip will help veterinarians and shelters find your contact information if your pet has been found.

Note: If your cat is already microchipped and registered to someone else, remember to contact the registry to update your information.

Additional Resource

Learn more about microchipping and the Plan to Scan Campaign