Found Animals Foundation reports on its blog that August 15 is Check the Chip Day, “a designation co-created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to remind pet parents to microchip, register, and keep their pet’s chip info up to date.”
Thanks for the reminder Found Animals! We recently moved and I had not yet updated our address with Mason’ microchip registry. So I just did so and I also updated Mason’s photo on file to a very recent image.
We pay around $18 per year for our membership with the microchip company. Along with maintaining Mason’s microchip’s registration (which shelters or vets’ offices can look up to trace Mason back to us), the membership entitles us to an online profile and photo that would be used to generate flyers, along with email alerts within 25 miles of the area if Mason were to ever become lost, and other support.
From reading Found Animals’ blog post, “Check the Chip Day!” I learned that Found Animals offers a free microchip registry and that your dog’s registration remains free for his lifetime! You can learn more about the Found Animals Microchip Registry here.
Also, if your dog is not yet microchipped and you’re considering doing so, the blog post provides details: “Since there is so much confusion surrounding microchips, and microchip registration, we’re going to break it down for you in six easy to follow steps.” Read the post here.
Mason is the first dog I’ve ever had microchipped. Honestly, at first I was a little creeped out by the concept of it. If you’d like to reading about my decision-making experience, check out these past DDY posts: