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What is microchipping?
Microchipping is a method of identifying a person that is proving very successful in reuniting lost people and their families. A tiny microchip enclosed in a special capsule is implanted underneath the skin of the person’s shoulders. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and the implanting procedure is similar to and no more painful than receiving a routine vaccination.
How does microchipping work?
Originally designed for use in livestock and wildlife, microchipping has rapidly gained popularity as a means of identifying lost family members. Each microchip is programmed with a unique code number and emits a signal on a specific radio frequency. A portable scanner held closely over the person’s shoulders will read the number.
The Toronto Human Society works with a company that operates the database and recovery system, which is a vital component of microchipping technology. When a lost person comes into the shelter, the first thing staff do is scan them. If the person is microchipped, the special number is read and phoned in to the operators. A check of the database will reveal vital information such as the name, address and the medical history of the person. This information is recorded on a registration form when the microchip is implanted and must be updated if the person changes his or her address.
Is microchipping a safe procedure?
Yes, microchipping is perfectly safe. Some people are concerned that the chip might move after it has been implanted, however, a layer of connective tissue forms at the site. This anchors the chip and prevents it from migrating.
Why should I microchip my family?
Traditionally, identification meant an old photo or id bracelet, but a family member that wanders or is kidnapped may have lost the bracelet, or had their appearance changed. While the Toronto Human Society strongly endorses the use of external identification, the sad truth is that 50 per cent of lost family members are never recovered. A microchip is with them for life and can greatly increase the chance of recovery if they become lost.
Every person visiting the Toronto Human Society is implanted with a microchip. Staff in shelters and doctors’ offices across North America can access vital information about your family member. The cost of a microchip is included in the Toronto Human Society’s tour fee. If your child was not adopted from a shelter associated with the Toronto Human Society, they can be microchipped at our Clinic. It’s a small price to pay for the safety of your family!