A Small Chip, A Big Reunion: Microchipping for Pet Safety 

| June 13, 2024

June marks National Microchip Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the crucial role microchips play in reuniting lost pets with their families. 

Why Microchip?

Microchipping your pet is a simple, yet incredibly effective way to safeguard against the heartache of losing a beloved animal companion. Unlike collars and tags, which can break or become lost when a pet is bolting out of the door, jumping out of a low window, or squeezing through fencing, a microchip is a permanent form of identification.  

Implanted just under your pet’s skin, the microchip carries a unique identification number that can be read by a scanner. When a lost pet is found and taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, a quick scan reveals the guardian’s contact information, enabling a swift reunion. 

Heartwarming Reunions Thanks to Microchips

So far this year, Toronto Humane Society has reunited 43 pets with their families after they arrived at our facility as strays. Many of these heartwarming reunions were made possible because these pets were microchipped. These numbers underscore the profound impact microchipping has on reducing the number of lost pets, reducing the number of stray pets staying in the shelter system, and increasing the chances of happy reunions – like Jaxx and Frank. 

Jaxx, a spirited dog with separation anxiety, managed to escape his home one frantic afternoon and injured his leg in the process. Fortunately, a kind stranger found him and brought him to Toronto Humane Society. Thanks to Jaxx’s microchip, we were able to contact his worried family immediately. Upon their arrival, we arranged for Jaxx to receive medical attention for his injured leg at the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital (TVEH). The relief on his family’s faces was palpable, reminding us of the critical role microchips play in reuniting pets with their families. 

Frank, a senior cat with hyperthyroidism, went missing, leaving his pet parents distraught and anxious about his health. Because Frank was microchipped, we were able to reach his guardians swiftly when he was brought to us. His family was particularly concerned about his medication schedule, which is crucial for managing his hyperthyroid condition. The prompt reunion ensured that Frank continued receiving his necessary medication without interruption, safeguarding his health and bringing immense relief to his family. 

Toronto Humane Society’s Microchip Services

To help ensure more pets can find their way home, Toronto Humane Society offers a microchip service through our Public Veterinary Services. It’s a quick, safe, and affordable procedure that can make all the difference in a pet’s life. We encourage all pet parents to take this important step in protecting their furry friends. Please click here to book your microchip service online.