A microchip can be scanned at any time, day or night
If you find a lost pet, take it immediately to be scanned for a microchip. Photo curtesy of Big Creek Veterinarian Hospital, Ontario, Canada

If you see a dog or a cat hiding or roaming, with no visible ID, it just may have a chip. Remember, you can always take lost pets here for microchip scanning in the hopes that its owner can be located. 

Of course, this all depends if the animal in question is friendly enough so that you can transport it somewhere to find out if it is chipped. In the event that a microchip is found, hopefully the pet, owner and veterinary information is current. And, if that is the case, then a happy reunion is much more likely.

Around The Clock

Let us suppose you found the pet late in the day, or at night, after normal office hours. I see so many people posting online that they picked up a lost pet, but it’s late, and they are going to take it to a vet’s office first thing in the morning. Please don’t wait. Every hour that passes is time wasted. An owner, a family, is desperately searching for their furry companion. But where to go?

Where To Take Lost Pets For Microchip Scanning

Here is a list of places that will scan for a microchip, and they do not charge for this service. There is always somewhere open at any time of the day or night, at weekends and on holidays.

1. A veterinary clinic, open during official office hours.

2. Banfield Animal Hospital, located inside all PetSmart stores, which has longer hours of operation than your   normal veterinary clinic. 

3. Other pet store chains also provide this service.

4. An emergency animal clinic. They are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, during the hours your usual veterinary clinic is not.

5. Your local privately-run animal rescue organization as well as the municipal shelter (also known as a pound).

Try To Avoid Municipal Shelters

Please take note that once you surrender a lost pet to the municipal shelter, the animal’s future will be uncertain. The pound is supposed to comply with a mandatory hold for a certain number of days in order to give the animal’s owner time to claim it. If it is not claimed within that time period, they can put it up for adoption. 

One Of My Pet Peeves

Unfortunately, there are reports every single day of pounds across the country that do not put a pet’s welfare first. They ignore these “hold” laws and have even put the animal down within hours of it being dropped off. Sadly, in other instances, it may be destroyed, even if it has a medical problem that is treatable and does not exhibit aggressive behavior.

A Pep Talk To Remember 

My tip for today: be responsible and do everything in your power to keep your pet(s) safe…not sometimes, not most of the time, but ALL of the time.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


Hopefully these two dogs have also been microchipped.
I.D.’d Doggie Duo

It is estimated that one in every three pets will go missing at some point in their lifetime and less than 20% of dogs and 2% of cats will ever be reunited with their human family.

Most owners of a new puppy, kitten, adult dog or adult cat will go to their local pet supply store and use the engraving machine to put their pet’s name and a contact phone number on the blank I.D. tag they have just purchased.

That, of course, is a good first step, but I would ask the following…does your pet wear its collar and tag all the time and by that I mean all the time it is outdoors AND all the time it is indoors?

Microchips and Scanning
The practice of microchipping pets has seen a significant surge in recent years because of one indisputable fact. Pet parents now know that they have a far better chance of finding their pet if it has a chip than if they had solely relied on one or even two visible I.D. tags. Collars may get pulled off and tags can become detached.

Remember, microchip databases can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Also, it is usually possible to have a pet scanned at any time by going to an animal hospital during regular office hours or an emergency animal clinic at night-time, weekends and on holidays.

Very obvious but often forgotten, it is important to keep all the I.D. information updated, particularly after moving to a new address and, of course, when any other detail has changed.

STUFF HAPPENS – Simply said: do the right thing and protect your pet using BOTH a visible I.D AND a microchip I.D.

More on this topic —and there is plenty more, such as the new, super hi-tech I.D. — some other day.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!