A microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the animal’s skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that is registered with a national database along with the pet owner’s address and phone number. The microchip can be read by scanners that are currently used by most animal organizations and veterinary clinics.Microchips keep people and pets together! Despite your best efforts, your dog or cat may slip out an open door or gate and disappear. We recommend a collar and identification tag but know that they often fall off. If you microchip your pet too -the odds are much better that you’ll get your best friend back!

All animals admitted to an L.A. Animal Services Shelter are scanned for a microchip. If a microchip is found, a nine digit number will appear and we will contact the microchip manufacturer. After a quick search of the pet database, the animal’s guardian can be contacted.

All cat, dogs and rabbits adopted from an L.A. Animal Services will have a microchip. The cost of microchipping is included in the adoption fee.

If you move, it is very important to change your address with the microchip company in case you pet gets lost.

Anyone may contact any of our LA Animal Services Centers and schedule an appointment to have their companion animal microchipped. The cost for the general public is $15.00 per animal.

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