Every year, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County reunites hundreds of pets with their owners thanks to microchip technology. Visible identification, like tags, are important. They should be worn by every pet. But unlike a tag, a microchip cannot be removed or lost, and is often the last link between a lost pet and its frantic owner.
Microchips are tiny computer chips the size of a rice grain. They are injected under the skin, and are as painless as a vaccine. When a hand-held scanner is passed over the pet, a unique microchip number is displayed. Using this number, the staff of a shelter, veterinary clinic, or other organization can contact the Microchip company, who in turn can contact you. The Humane Society can also contact you directly if the microchip information is in our database.
The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County offers low-cost pet microchip to the public for just $25, which includes national registration. No appointment is necessary. The procedure takes only a minute and can be done anytime during business hours Monday through Friday.