Microchipping is a permanent pet identification system that is safe, simple and effective and is designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. Microchips are a proven way to successfully recover your pet if he or she should become lost. A microchip is a very small transponder that contains a unique ID code. It requires no battery and remains active for the entire length of the pet’s life. Microchips are safe for dogs and cats of all breeds and ages. It is safe for puppies and kittens, as well as older pets who may wander away from home. The microchip is placed under the skin by a simple injection by a veterinarian or technician. Once your pet has a microchip, your pet will be enrolled in a national animal recovery database so that you can be notified if your pet is recovered from being lost or stolen. You can easily updated the information in the database if you move or change phone numbers. Thousands of veterinarians, animal clinics and shelters use a hand-held scanner to scan lost pets.