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Do They Need a Chip? Give us a call, we microchip by appointment for $20

By Jen Reeder August 12, 2019 – Courtesy of Fear Free Happy Homes (

My childhood cat, Pretzel Popcorn Reeder, once disappeared after a massive earthquake shook Southern California. Happily, a few days later, she reappeared in our backyard.

Because of that experience with Pretzel, I always microchip my pets for “just in case” scenarios. As you probably know, a microchip is a tiny device – about the size of a grain of rice – implanted by veterinarians and shelters between a pet’s shoulder blades. Each microchip has an ID number that the owner can share with a microchip registry along with their contact information.

“When a stray animal is found, one of the very first things staff at veterinary hospitals and animal shelters do is scan for a microchip, which then shows the unique identification number and the registry with associated contact information for the owner,” says Heather Loenser, DVM, senior veterinary officer for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). “The bottom line is that microchips help provide peace of mind in case a beloved animal goes missing.”

Keep in Touch

Dr. Loenser says AAHA and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) teamed up to create the annual “Check the Chip Day” to remind pet owners to microchip their pets, and make sure their contact information is current with their microchip registry company.

“The whole goal is to keep pets with their families,” she said.

In recognition of the upcoming Check the Chip Day on August 15, Dr. Loenser shares these top reasons to microchip your pet:

  1. You’ll improve your chance of being reunited with your pet. “Microchipping your pet dramatically increases your odds of being reunited if he or she goes missing or is stolen. In fact, a study by The Ohio State University found the return-to-owner rate at shelters for microchipped cats was 20 times higher, and 2.5 times greater for microchipped dogs,” she says.


  1. It’s quick. Microchipping takes less than a minute. If you’re concerned that the injection will be painful, ask your veterinarian to implant the microchip when your pet will be under anesthesia for spay/neuter surgery or a dental cleaning.
  2. It’s inexpensive. The implant typically costs less than $50 and registration fees are nominal or included in the price of the microchip.
  3. It helps provide proof of ownership if your pet is stolen.
  4. You love your pet. “If you love your dog or cat, you should be sure they are microchipped – it’s sort of like a permanent identification tag,” she says.
  5. Checking the chip can be a positive experience. “Your veterinarian or technician can just wave a scanner over your pet to make sure the microchip is still readable. Just as puppies and kittens benefit from visiting the animal hospital just for treats, attention, and other positive associations – instead of only for an appointment when they’re sick or needing vaccinations – animals at any age have the chance for a positive interaction at the veterinarian that doesn’t involve being poked or prodded.” To prevent fear, anxiety, or stress during the chip check, be sure your pet is distracted with treats, a favorite toy, or something else they like.

Chip Tips

Dr. Loenser hopes animal lovers will take advantage of Check the Chip Day. Though microchips don’t deteriorate and will last the lifetime of a pet, they can occasionally migrate to a different part of the body, so it’s important to make sure the chip is still readable.

She also emphasizes that microchips don’t have a GPS tracking device.

“A microchip is only useful if your contact information is up to date – be sure to list your landline [if you still have one] as well as cell phone numbers and email addresses,” she says. “The more ways to contact you if your pet is found, the better!”

Finally, in addition to microchipping, you should have an ID tag on your pet’s collar.

“Make it as easy as possible for your pet to be returned to you,” she says. “Better safe than sorry, right?”

While there are many different microchip companies and recovery databases, the AAHA Universal Microchip Pet Lookup Tool simplifies things for animal hospitals and rescue organizations by identifying a microchipped pet’s registry. As Dr. Loenser says, “Everyone’s goal is reuniting pets with their families.”

This article was reviewed/edited by board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kenneth Martin and/or veterinary technician specialist in behavior Debbie Martin, LVT.

Award-winning journalist Jen Reeder is former president of the Dog Writers Association of America.

In Field Return to Owner Services Now Offered!

Is your Pet’s Tag and Microchip Information Current? Rabies Vaccine up to date?

When on calls, if our Animal Control Officers find loose animals with tags and microchips, they will try and return the animal to it’s home before bringing the animal to HSEC.

This helps frees up space at HSEC, relieves the stress on the animal and reduces kennel fees. Proof of current rabies vaccinations is required to reclaim your animal.

If the animal has no tags, microchip or outdated contact information, the animal will be brought to HSEC for reclaim.
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Please take a moment and confirm that your pets microchip information is correct.
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Rehoming Your Pet

If this is an emergency situation or you need to return an animal adopted from HSEC please call us at 574-475-4732 for assistance.

We accept animals only from Elkhart County.

Before you release your animal to the shelter, ensure that this is truly the decision you want to make and no other options are available.

Reach out to family and friends – You may have other friends or relatives who would want to continue to provide a loving home for your animal or may know of a way to help keep the pet in your home.

Resources – If a lack of resources is the reason you need to surrender your animal – talk to us at 574-475-4732 or [email protected]! There are options for help, including food assistance and other community resources to help keep your pets at home with you.

The first step is to complete our Pet Surrender Form below. Please fill out the form completely. After submitting the form you will receive a confirmation email with the following rehoming information.

HSEC asks that you take 2 weeks and list your pet on Adopt-a-Pet. Also please list your pet on the Facebook Group – Elkhart County “New Beginning” pet rehoming group. As soon as we have availability for you to bring your pet in, we will be in contact with you to schedule an appointment and explain fees associated with surrendering your pet. 

Rehoming with Adopt-a Pet – Adopt-a-Pet has created a Rehome program. You can visit the website at to learn more. Through their website, they will assist you in creating a profile for your pet and also assist in the process of finding the best home available for your pet.

Elkhart Rehoming Facebook GroupElkhart County “New Beginning” Pet Rehoming group (not affiliated with HSEC – under administration of animal loving community members)

On the day you release your animal, you will need to bring your driver’s license or valid ID to confirm you are a resident of Elkhart County.  Also bring any vet records you have which provides valuable information about your animal’s vaccinations or medical history.

You will complete an owner release form.  A fee will be assessed for release of the animal and will vary depending on whether or not the animal has aggression issues, has bitten or is extremely ill.

Once you release your pet to us, it is final.  No further information will be provided to you or anyone else regarding the status of the animal.  Upon release, the Humane Society has the right to determine the appropriate disposition of the animal. 

Not all animals admitted to the shelter are considered adoptable.  During the spring and summer months, the shelter admits over 500 to 600+ animals per month.  Some animals may be deemed adoptable and selected for adoption; some may go to other collaborating animal welfare and rescue agencies; some may be sent to foster locations until they can be adopted; and some may not be deemed suitable for adoption and may have to be euthanized.

Every situation is different, for more information, we encourage you to contact our staff directly at 574-475-4732.

Owned Pet Profile Form

  • This form is designed to help determine what will be in the best interest of your pet and to assist our staff in understanding your pet more.

    To help us learn more about your pet, please fill out this form completely.

    Please understand that the pet's welfare must and will always be our foremost consideration. Therefore, the Humane Society will not release information on this pet after it has been released to us.


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