- Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.
- Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.
- Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that.
- While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and harmlessly.
- Black Cocker Spaniel Archie was stolen from his dog trainer’s car. Despite his owner, Selena Masson, drumming up lots of publicity through the local and national press, TV and local radio, and a Facebook group with over 7,000 members, Archie could not be found.
- Thirteen months later Archie was spotted on the side of a road by a sharp-eyed motorist who took him to our South Godstone Animal Centre. On first arrival he was believed to be a stray, but after a routine check it was discovered that Archie was microchipped.
- Archie’s microchip wasn’t registered to anyone which made it a little more complicated to contact Selena with the good news. But after a phone call to the vet who implanted the chip, we were able to reunite Archie with his relieved owner.
- A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet their own unique code.
- The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as
The national PetLog database.
Looking for a new pet? All cats and dogs that are rehomed by the RSPCA are microchipped. Find a pet
Pets are lost without it
‘In 2009 the RSPCA microchipped 72,883 animals’
Happy tail – stolen Archie
How it works
You must make sure the database you are registered with has your up-to-date contact details.
Find a pet