Today is National Check the Chip Day! In order to ensure your pet's microchip is correctly registered with up-to-date information we recommend having it scanned at least once per year and checking it against your records. Microchips are the most reliable form of identification and help get them back home when they are lost. We can check your pet's chip at any appointment for no charge. We also welcome members of the community to contact us in the event they find a lost dog or cat so we can arrange for you to bring them by to have them checked for a chip.
From the AVMA:
A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time. (Lord et al, JAVMA, July 15, 2009) For microchipped animals that weren't returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information (or no owner information) in the microchip registry database – so don't forget to register and keep your information updated.