Combined with a collar and current name tag, a microchip increases the likelihood of a lost pet being safely reunited with its owner. However, even with a microchip scanner, identifying the correct pet recovery registry to contact can be challenging because microchip manufacturers and pet recovery services use different microchip technology and databases.
To alleviate the guesswork for veterinary hospitals, animal control facilities, and shelter staff members, AAHA created the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool.
How does it work?
The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool checks the databases of participating pet recovery services to determine which has registration information available for a microchip. Once a microchip identification number is entered into the tool, within seconds a list of all the registries with microchip registration information available, along with the registries' contact information, will appear in chronological order; the registry with the most recent update appears first. If the microchip has not been registered with any participating pet recovery service, the result returned will default to the microchip's manufacturer or distributor. While the tool will not return the pet owner information contained in the registries' databases, it will identify which registries should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned and a microchip is found.
Check out AAHA's microchip lookup tool.
Why does microchipping matter?
A microchip is your pet's ticket home! Find out how microchipping can reunite you with your pet if he gets lost.