Universal microchip lookup tool available to find lost pets
For the first time, a new Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool is available to help veterinary hospitals and shelters reunite lost pets with owners by checking participating pet-recovery services’ registries.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) unveiled www.petmicrochiplookup.org in September. By entering the scanned pet ID number online, the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool works by accessing the databases of participating registries. A search returns a list of the registries with which a microchip has been enrolled and the enrollment dates, starting with the most recent, plus phone numbers for the registries. If a microchip is not enrolled in a participating registry, the Web site provides the name of the manufacturer or distributor and a corresponding phone number. To avoid proprietary, privacy laws and other concerns, pet-owner information is not included.
The free Internet-based resource already is linked with the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery, HomeAgain by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Petlink by Datamars and resQ by Bayer Animal Health. More companies are expected to provide the site with their registry information in the coming months.
The goal is to streamline the issue of identifying the correct pet-recovery registry.
The Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families endorses the new tool. Members include AAHA, the American Humane Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Federation of Humane Societies and the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.