Losing a pet is a heart-wrenching situation, but there are ways to give yourself peace of mind. Dogs and cats should wear collars with identification tags; however, collars can fall off or be removed, and animals can get lost without any visible form of ID. A microchip is one of the best ways to protect your dog or cat if the pet gets lost. This tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice that’s implanted under the skin at the shoulder blades, cannot be lost, worn out, or removed.
As of June 1, 2019, as part of the new Animal Ordinances approved by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, all dogs in unincorporated Tulare County are now required to be implanted with a microchip and the information provided to Animal Services, to have a greater ability to reunite pets with owners and decrease impounded animals.
If your pet ever gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or a veterinary clinic, they will scan the animal to see if he or she is microchipped. If so, the identification number appears and you can be found in a database, because the number is linked to your information.
It’s just as important to keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company. Many times animals come into shelters with microchips; however, their owner's contact information is not always current and the animal must wait to be reunited.
Animal Services provides microchipping for only $20 by appointment only during our regular business hours. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Please clink on one of the links below to download the Microchip Owner Information page and bring this completed form with you to the shelter. Once your animal is microchipped, Animal Services will send the information to the microchip company to register your new microchip.