Microchipping

Microchips Save Lives!

Microchips East Bay SPCA

A microchip is a device, no bigger than a grain of rice, inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats. This device emits a signal, which when scanned, retrieves a registration number unique to a pet and its home, with contact information for the person who registered the animal.

Shelters and veterinary clinics around the country routinely scan found animals for microchips to locate the animal’s owner. By calling the microchip manufacturer, they can check the database to reunite pets with their owners.

Like other local shelters including Oakland and East Bay Animal services, we use HomeAgain microchips. They use the standard frequency adopted for US microchips. International microchips have a different frequency.

  • All East Bay SPCA animals available for adoption are microchipped.
  • If you have a pet that is not microchipped, we offer microchipping at our full-service Veterinary Clinic (with an appointment), and at our Drop-In Vaccine Clinic. It can also be done during spay/neuter surgery. Microchip fees at our facilities include: implantation of the chip, initial registration in the HomeAgain database, and an ID tag. Please note that future changes of address or ownership are not included, but you are provided with a certificate as well as change-of-address forms.

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