Is your pet microchipped? If they aren't, why not?
Microchips are super important. In Riverside county they are now required.
Tags and collars are great and should always be on the pet. However, tags and collars can fall off. If your pet goes missing and their collar/tag falls off, or if they didn't have one on, a microchip is the only way to get your pet back to you faster.
How does a microchip work? Microchips are NOT a GPS unfortunately. If someone finds your pet, they take them into a vet or shelter and get them scanned. The scanner will pick up the chip number and the microchip company phone number. The vet office or the finder will call the company and the company will contact you. Your info is safe. The company cannot give your info to anyone, except someone who works at a vet office, and that person can't give your info to the finder unless you okay it.
If your pet ever goes missing, make sure to call the chip company and report them as missing. They flag the acctount.
If your pet is chipped, make sure the chip is registered and has your updated information. You can also add other phone numbers of friends/family or even your vet office. If you move, be sure to update your microchip information as well.
When you get your pet chipped, ask the office that is chipping them if they register the chip to the company automatically or if you have to do it yourself.
Not only are chips great for reuniting lost/found pets, but they can also be used as proof of ownership.
So please chip your pets. There's really no reason not to. If you lost your pet, wouldn't you want to be reunited? & reunited as soon as possible?
The following organizations often run microchip specials: www.FTAspay.org http://www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/page6.html