Animal shelters and vet clinics see first hand how serious the lost pet crisis is. Pet recovery starts with implanting a microchip between the animal's shoulders. That chip contains a unique ID number that stays with the pet for life. When a lost pet is taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, a simple scan reveals the pet's ID number.
When the microchipped pet is registered with HomeAgain® one phone calls puts an entire network of pet recovery services to work, helping return the pet to its owner. If the pet is lost and microchipped and registered with HomeAgain®, over 50,000 vets and shelters across the country are equipped with scanners to read your pets microchip and get him returned to you.
About the HomeAgain® Microchip:
The HomeAgain Sterile Microchip Injection System consists of a sterile applicator with a preloaded sterile injectable microchip. By injecting the small sterile microchip into the subcutaneous tissue one ensures that the animal can be identified for life electronically with its own unique 10-digit or 15-digit alphanumeric code. The code is preprogrammed into the injectable microchip which is preloaded into the needle of the applicator. Microchips are passive devices meaning that the microchip carries no battery and remains inactive except when it is being scanned.
Each microchip's unique identification number is encoded during the manufacturing process. Once the number is encoded it is impossible to alter. The outer casing of the microchip is made from soda lime glass which has been specially selected for known biocompatibility. During manufacture this glass is hermetically sealed to prevent moisture from the host-animal's body fluids from reaching the electronics inside. HomeAgain microchips are specifically designed to avoid migrating.
About the Homeagain® Universal Worldscan Microchip Reader:
- Reads all microchip frequencies - 125kHz, 128kHz, 134kHz
- Reads chip in under 1 second
- Audible indicator confirms chip presence
- LCD numerical display for id number
- Auto shut off feature prolongs battery life
- HomeAgain's Universal Worldscan is a compact handheld microchip scanner that reads and identifies all microchip frequencies sold in the U.S. (125kHz, 128kHz & 134kHz).
- The Universal Worldscan gives you instant read outs of the microchip number in an LCD window along with an audible identification beep.
- The microchip scanner is lightweight with easy 1-button operation and accurate in temperatures ranging from 0° to 50° Celsius (32° to 122° Fahrenheit).
Auto shut off feature prolongs battery life by turning the scanner off approximately 5 seconds after releasing the control button or after 70 seconds of displaying a microchip code number.
Registry services sold by HomeAgain for $17.99 a year.
To enroll your pet's microchip into the Home Again registry call (888-466-3242) or visit their web site at www.homeagain.com.
About HomeAgain® Services:
HomeAgain is an advanced lost pet recovery and pet identification system. A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted between the shoulder blades of the pet. The pet is enrolled with the HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service. HomeAgain maintains a national database and is available 24/7. When a lost pet is found it can be scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary clinic. The animals identification number is called into HomeAgain (888-466-3242) and the pet owner is notified immediately.
Enrollment in HomeAgain includes many services that provide security and well-being for pets. HomeAgain services include sending Lost Pet Alerts to shelters and veterinary clinics; free Pet IDs with owner, emergency and veterinary contact information; Emergency Medical Assistance through the ASPCA; PLUS Lost Pet Medical Insurance provided by PetFirst (a leading pet insurance provider; not available in every state).
Pets enrolled in the system also receive HomeAgain collar tags to wear with their HomeAgain identification number and our toll-free number. The tags alone help identify lost pets but tags/collars can come off easily. A microchip provides permanent identification that stays in the implantation area, for the life of the pet.
The microchip's electronic circuitry is energized by a low-power radio beam sent by a compatible reading device. The microchip sends the identification number as a radio signal back to the reader which then encodes the number and displays it on a small screen similar to that on an electronic calculator.
|AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool |
Use the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to check the databases of participating pet recovery services to determine which has registration information available for a microchip. The participating companies include AKC CAR, HomeAgain, Petlink by Datamars and resQ by Bayer.
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