You may have heard about lost animals being reunited with their owners through a microchip but a lot of people don’t understand how this works. Roland Bringhurst, Executive Director of the Cache Humane Society shelter, said a microchip is a small device implanted into an animal underneath the skin, usually between the shoulder blades and it is about the size of a grain of rice.
“It has a unique number identifier to it,” Bringhurst explained on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_11_04_328_27414_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Monday</a>. “It does not transmit any information. But once you take the wand and wave the wand over the micro chip you’ll receive that number. You’ll also receive the company that implanted that chip.”
He said you can call the company and give them the number and they will tell you who that chip is registered to. Bringhurst said it is very important to register the chip and keep it up to date.
Bringhurst and Utah State University Veterinary Science Professor Abby Benninghoff cited cases where local animals and their owners have been successfully reunited through the use of microchips.