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MICROCHIP IMPLANT INFORMATION

To help control the pet population, cut down on disease, and reduce the number of lost pets that are euthanized, because they cannot be properly identified, FAIRFIELD ANIMAL CONTROL, recommends that pet owners follow a three step program of responsible pet care – spay/neuter, vaccinate and microchip.  This is especially true in light of Disaster Planning when many pet owners may find themselves in need of shelter with their pets before, during, or after a disaster.

 The cost of the microchip implant plus enrollment will be $10 per adopted cat or dog from animal control, with that the adopter would be eligible for accident/illness insurance coverage for their adopted animal. We will also microchip owned cats and/or dogs by appointment only, for $25 per animal. You must provide a valid rabies certificate for your cat and/or dog. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers (cats and dogs only) when you come into the shelter.

 The Fairfield Animal Control can implant pets with the HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service, an advanced pet identification and retrieval system. 

How it Works

A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted under the skin between the shoulders of the pet.  The pet is enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service.  HomeAgain maintains a national database and is available 24-hours daily, 365 days a year.  When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or the clinic of a participating veterinarian.  The animal’s identification number is called into HomeAgain, and the pet owner is notified immediately.

Currently, more than two and a quarter million pets microchipped with HomeAgain are enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service.  Today, pet recoveries as a result of the HomeAgain microchip have grown to an average of 7,000 per month in the U.S. and a successful recovery is now occurring approximately every six (6) minutes.

The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and you cannot see the microchip after it is implanted in the dog or cat.  The procedure is simple and similar to administering a vaccine.  The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades.  Extensive testing and long-term studies have shown the HomeAgain microchip is safe for pets.

Veterinary clinics and animal shelters in the FAIRFIELD area urge that with microchip identification, a pet that is lost can be shown the way home.  The case for having pets implanted with a microchip is a strong one, as the statistics show that microchipping is the best, most reliable method of permanently identifying pets.

 The facts do not lie: 

  • 30-60% of lost pets in shelters are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owner.  Only about 14% of dogs and 4% of cats who end up in shelters are returned to their rightful owners.
  • Less than 25% of all animals that enter shelters are adopted by new owners.
  • About 2 million pets that are reported missing each year may be victims of theft
  • Collar tags are a great way to identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners, but they can easily come off or be removed.
  • Tattoos are difficult to remove from an animal, but they are still not 100% reliable. Tattoos can be altered, fade, or blur, and are not always easy to read.
  • Reading a microchip is far easier than trying to read the tattoo of a frightened stray animal.
  • Microchipping is permanent, completely unalterable, and does not change or harm the appearance of the animal in any way.  The procedure is safe, inexpensive, fast and virtually painless for the animal.
  • There are about 50,000 microchip scanners currently in use by shelters, veterinarians, and municipal organizations in the U.S.

Contact:

Vinnie Pennatto, Fairfield Animal Control Officer

Fairfield Animal Control

(203) 254-4857

vpennatto@town.fairfield.ct.us