New Rules for Pet Identification
Beginning July 1, all cats and dogs on Oahu over the age of four months must have microchip identification. A microchip is the safest and most reliable way to ensure your lost pets find their way home. Unlike a tag, it cannot be lost. Once implanted, it is permanent. Only the owner information attached to it has to be updated if you move or re-home your pet.
A collar, ID tag and microchip help the Hawaiian Humane Society reunite thousands of animals with their owners every year.
Visible identification, via a tag or collar with the owner’s phone number, is still strongly recommended for dogs. Cats six months or older that are allowed outdoors are legally required to wear a collar with an identification tag and/or a microchip.
Make an Appointment to Microchip Your Pet
To make an appointment to microchip your pet at Hawaiian Humane, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee to microchip an animal at Hawaiian Humane is $20.
Microchips used for pet identification are about the size of a grain of rice. In a procedure similar to a vaccination, the microchip is injected just under the skin between the shoulder blades and lasts for life.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association are among the groups that endorse the use of electronic microchip identification in animals.
Each microchip contains a unique number. Pet owners must register their contact information with the company that manufactured their pet’s microchip. They also may register any brand of microchip with free online databases such as 24PetWatch or Found Animals.
Please contact your microchip company to inquire about transfers of ownership. Common manufacturers include AVID, HomeAgain, Found Animals and 24PetWatch.
Where do I get my pet microchipped?
Microchipping is available at veterinary clinic and many animal welfare nonprofit organizations, including the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Who made my pet’s microchip?
If you have your pet’s microchip number, but you’re not sure what company manufactured the chip, visit the pet microchip look-up website, provided by the American Animal Hospital Association.
What is my pet’s microchip number?
If you do not know your pet’s microchip number, your pet can be scanned for that information at any veterinary clinic or animal welfare nonprofit.
Give Consent to Have Someone Else Reclaim Your Pet
If you plan to leave your pet in another’s care, provide your pet’s guardian with signed authorization giving him or her the authority to claim your pet should it get lost. It is also a good idea to add the guardian’s contact information to your pet’s microchip registration.