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San Diego Humane Society

Microchipping

Vaccinations and microchips are offered curbside by appointment at our San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside campuses. Limited appointments are available and spots fill up quickly. If there are no appointments available, please check back regularly for cancellations.

Due to high demand, appointment slots are only open up to two weeks in advance. Please check back on Wednesday afternoons for maximum availability.

Please note that you will need to complete personal and animal information prior to having access to the appointment calendar.

Please schedule your appointment San Diego | Escondido | Oceanside.

Please bring your dog(s) on a leash and cat(s) inside a cat carrier (one cat per carrier). Collars and ID tags on your pets are recommended. Due to COVID-19, we are only accepting credit/debit card payments at this time.

San Diego Humane Society offers affordable microchipping services because it is a proven tool in successfully reuniting owners with their lost pets. Sadly, one out of every three pets gets lost during her lifetime, and only one in 10 lost pets are found. Microchipping your pet could make the difference of a lifetime.

Cost

$25 (includes registration). Please bring a government-issued ID.

What Is microchipping?

Microchipping is permanent pet identification. The process is safe, simple, permanent and designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.

We inject the microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.

How do recoveries happen?

HomeAgain microchips are designed to last your pet's entire lifetime, and once enrolled, they link to a permanent record of your owner information. Your microchip comes with a personal listing in HomeAgain's lost pet database.

The microchip has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet's shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchip's unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.

If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to reunite you with your pet.

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