Why is Microchipping Important?
Microchipping your pet increases the likelihood that your pet will return home if they become lost or stolen.
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for your pet. To change the contact information listed on your pet’s microchip, the owner must provide proof of ownership to the microchipping company.
Each microchip contains a personal identification number that stays with your pet forever. This code is unique to your pet and has all of your contact information.
Berkeley’s Place assists with proof of ownership to our partner communities. As an additional safeguard, Berkeley’s Place remains as a second contact on your pet’s microchip. Having a dual contact on your animal’s microchip assures that your pet has a greater chance of getting home.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Benefit Does a Microchip Have?
A microchip acts as legal proof of “ownership” in Canada’s legal system.
How large is the microchip?
Microchips that are used are the size of a grain of rice and are completely safe for many species of animals.
Is microchipping safe?
Not only is microchipping safe, but it is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed without the use of an anesthetic, right in a vet’s office (or anywhere, really)!
So can I track my pet with this?
Unfortunately, the microchips that Berkeley’s Place uses do not contain GPS capabilities.
How must does this cost?
For Berkeley’s Place partner communities, we provide the microchip and the chip insertion, absolutely free!
How can you provide these for free?
This initiative is made possible through the kindness and generosity of the Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.
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