Microchips can be implanted just under the skin of dogs and cats. Veterinary, animal control, animal shelter, and local humane society professionals can then use handheld scanners—just like those used in market checkout lines—to "read" the chips implanted in animals found wandering unsupervised. The microchip provides a unique code for the pet that can then be matched against an identification database.
Microchip implants are one of the best ways to ensure the safety of your dog or cat. Woods offers microchip implanting for $20.00 per pet. Pet owners may call to schedule a microchipping appointment at Woods Humane Society - SLO at (805) 543-9316 , or call Woods Humane Society - North County in Atascadero at (805) 466-5403.
Woods will do a pre-scan to verify that your pet doesn’t already have a chip. The new chip’s unique identification will then be recorded before the chip is inserted into the animal with a syringe. The injection requires no anesthetic.
Before sending the animal home, Woods will perform a test scan on your pet. This helps ensure that a scanner will find the chip and that its unique identifying number will be read correctly.
An enrollment form is completed with the chip number, the pet owner's contact information, the name and description of the pet, and an alternate emergency contact designated by the pet owner.