Print Tags: Homeagain Is Your Microchipped Pet Protected? If your pet has a microchip, Petfinder recommends that you register that chip with HomeAgain. Here’s why. For just $17.99 (or $10.99 for the first year if you adopt from a participating Petfinder shelter or rescue group), you’ll get: A permanent listing with FREE, unlimited updates for the rest of your pet’s life. Your pet’s chip number and your contact information will be entered into HomeAgain’s national pet-recovery database. It will never be deleted, and you can update it as often as you need, for free, even if you never renew your enrollment! Free, unlimited access to the ASPCA’s emergency medical hotline — which would otherwise cost $65 a call! You’ll have 24-hour access to licensed veterinarians who can offer medical assistance by phone or direct you to a nearby emergency vet. A nationwide network of more than 600,000 people on the lookout for lost pets. As soon as you report your pet missing, HomeAgain will instantly send lost pet alert e-mails and faxes to animal shelters, vet clinics and volunteer PetRescuers in the area your pet was lost. Lost-pet specialists available 24/7. HomeAgain’s trained counselors are available around the clock — even on holidays — to guide and assist you until your pet is recovered. Just call 1-888-HOMEAGAIN (1-888-466-3242). Travel assistance if your pet is found far from home. If your lost dog or cat is found more than 500 miles away from home, HomeAgain will cover up to $500 to have him or her flown home. Register your pet’s chip with HomeAgain today! Microchip Enrollment Could Save Your Pet’s Life Still not convinced? You may know that your pet is microchipped … but not much more. If your pet gets lost (as one in three pets will), will he or she be returned to you? According to a recent study of strays entering shelters*, microchipped pets are much more likely to be reunited with their families: The median return to owner (RTO) rate for microchipped dogs was 52%, versus 22% overall (238% better with a microchip). The median RTO rate for microchipped cats was 39%, versus 2% overall (over 2000% better with a microchip). Why weren’t 100% of microchipped pets returned? Because it’s just as important that the contact information associated with the chip be up-to-date — and often, it is not. According to the same study, only 58% of microchipped animals were registered in a database. Don’t take any chances. Register your pet’s microchip in the HomeAgain Pet Recovery Database. *Lord, Linda K., DVM, PhD, et al. “Characterization of animals with microchips entering animal shelters,” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol 235, No. 2, July 15, 2009. Learn more about HomeAgain. Read true stories from pet parents whose lost pets came home thanks to HomeAgain. Learn more about how microchipping works. Register your chip with HomeAgain now.