Microchip Success Stories

Local stories:

December 2012: We were presented with a very nice dog who had been found on Highway 395. This dog turned out not only to have a microchip, but to have been reported as stolen. Because he was chipped, we were able to return him to his home in Spokane.

September 2012: A handsome Australian Shepherd was found in Springdale, and impounded by the Stevens County Sheriff Department. Because he was microchipped and the owner's information current, we were able to return him promptly to his home in Spokane.

November 2011: We were presented with a kitten to be spayed. She'd been found as a stray in Kettle Falls. Since she had a microchip, we were able to contact the owner. Turns out that she'd been missing for a week, from a home in Spokane. The owner was elated that she'd been found, and we arranged transport back to Spokane. Because of the distance she'd traveled, there is almost no chance she would ever have been returned to her home without her microchip!

November 2011: A pretty little Siberian Husky was picked up and brought in because she was playing in traffic. Thanks to her microchip, we were able to return her to her home the same day.

April 2011: Lost cat reunited with owner after nine years

March 2011: A client found an extra dog on his porch one evening. He brought the dog to the clinic to be scanned for a microchip, and through the chip, we were able to locate the dog’s owner. It turns out that he had jumped out of the truck while the owner was cutting firewood. He was from Spokane, found in Chewelah, and apparently heading north from where the owner had lost the dog. Not likely that he would have found his way home on his own!

February 2011: We were presented a very handsome Mastiff mix dog who had been found as a stray. He has a microchip, however the owners did not register the chip after adopting him from a Humane Society. We have contacted the shelter from which he was adopted, but they do not have records of his adoption. It is unfortunately common that shelters will only keep records for a short time after adopting animals out, and it appears that we will not be able to find the dog's owner. Fortunately for him, the lady that found him as a stray has offered to give him a permanent home. In this case, as with the dog last month, the microchip is functioning perfectly, but the dog cannot be returned to his owner because they failed to follow through with registration.

January 2011: A client brought in a large dog that had been found in Loon Lake. The dog has a microchip, but it was not registered to an owner. We contacted the Spokane shelter that had implanted the microchip, but the information they had for the adopter was not current and we were unable to find the dog’s owner. Luckily for him, the client who brought the dog in has decided to keep him, and has now registered the microchip in their name. So in this case, the microchip worked just fine, and things turned out well for the dog, but the person who initially adopted this dog from the shelter cannot be found because they did not provide current information to the microchip company.

January 2011: Early this month, a stray dog was brought to one of the rescues in Colville. They sent her down to our clinic for a check up and vaccinations before placing her in a foster home. We scanned for a microchip during the examination, and she had one. When we called the owner, and let him know that we had a dog with a microchip registered to him, his response was "A 3-legged German Shepherd? She's alive?! I thought she got eaten by a cougar!" Turns out she'd been missing for about a month, and was found more than 30 miles from home. The owner thinks she got over the fence, and we suspect she was picked up by a passer-by on the road, who took her home. They were happily reunited that evening.

December 2010: We have a client who found a cat in Pullman while visiting a relative. The cat was not wearing a collar. She brought it home, and then to the clinic for an examination, and we found a microchip. We called the microchip company; the chip was not registered to an owner, but the lot was shipped to the Idaho Humane Society, in Boise. After several calls and messages to the Idaho Humane Society, we eventually spoke to someone who gave us owner information. The owner was in Meridian, Idaho, over 300 miles away. Well, we tried calling the Meridian number, and it turns out that cat belongs now to that owner's daughter, who is a WSU student. Cat has been missing since September, which is why nobody had a current lost ad posted. Our client who found the cat, and the student who had been missing her for 3 months, met up and got the cat back to her home.

Morals of the stories:

  • Microchips work. They get lost pets home.
  • Registered microchips eliminate the hassle and many potential opportunities for failure in getting the pet home; what if we had not persistently called back, or if the Idaho Humane Society hadn't kept back records of microchip numbers with adoptions? If the microchip is not associated with owner's name, it makes it much more difficult to trace.
  • Update your registration when you move! What if we'd dropped it when we found the registration was so far removed from where the cat was found?

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