When an animal is brought into the SPCA we immediately scan for a microchip.
There is only one thing that beats the excitement of finding a chip and that is a rehoming, so today when this emaciated, badly injured little lady was admitted and we found a chip with the scanner, we could have cried with relief.
Our elation quickly turned to absolute horror when we found that the microchip’s details were not updated by her owners, and therefore we had no way of informing them of her being found. We have no way of knowing whether her people are still looking for her, how long she had been separated from them and what the circumstances are pertaining to her current condition. It would have been such a special moment if we could have reunited them. Microchips are only as effective as the people that put them there. We assume that families that go to the trouble of having their pets microchipped, really care about them, but in this case it was not to be. The contact details linked to her microchip were outdated and we were unable find her owners. Another sad case of neglect and abandonment, we will never know.
Please keep the details of your pet’s microchip in a safe place. When you move home, please contact Identipet and update the details. For their sake. You would do it for your child, wouldn’t you?
The NSPCA has partnered with Identipet and acknowledges Identipet as their preferred supplier of microchips, scanners and animal recovery services.
For more information visit the NSPCA website.