Fewer than 4 percent of lost cats brought to shelters are reunited with owners. A microchip gives pets the best chance of being identified and returned home safely should they ever become lost.
The device is a small transponder, the size of a grain of rice, injected under the skin. It remains there for the life of the pet. The Department of Animal Services scans all incoming animals for the presence of a microchip. Animal Services is then able to locate the owners information through the number on the microchip.
Animal Services is providing free microchipping for cats during the month of October. CTN.org takes a closer look at micropchipping.