Saturday, June 15, 2013

Free Microchip Registry

Kitties, we were a little delayed in getting posts up because we had some real excitement.  There was a tornado here Thursday afternoon!  Right here in Laurel, Maryland!  We lost power but got it back later that evening.  We will tell the exciting tale in another post.  But the tornado brought home how vulnerable our pets are in an emergency situation.

Our first kitty, Leia (right), was a stray.
The mom couldn't find her original family.

We have been blogging less than 2 years, and since then we have had the big derecho, a couple hurricanes and now a tornado.  Of course, many places around the country and world have their wild weather, and every time it happens, animals lose their homes.  Most never make it back.  Remember all the "Katrina" pets  who had to find new homes?

The statistics on lost animals are grim.  The mom has rescued many strays in her time, but not once was she able to find the previous owner.  Many became our new family member and we know most of our readers have done the same.

Our dear Lumpy was another stray,
as was our lovely Robbie 
(the mom hasn't found any pix of him yet).

It just breaks our hearts to learn someone lost their animal, but there is something you can do.  Shelters are doing it now before they adopt out their animals.  Microchipping is the answer.

At BlogPaws, we learned of an online free microchip registry at Found Animals.  Found Animals is a nonprofit and they run the only free registry that will contact you via texts, email and calls when your pet is found.  The tornado is an example of never knowing when something disastrous will happen.  Knowing your pets are protected through microchip and registration is peace of mind during a tumultuous time.

MMM is our most recent adoptee.
The mom believes she had a family a long time ago because
although she is feral in many respects, she had must have had
minimal human contact and was used to the indoors when young.

Even if your pet is microchipped, if it isn't registered, the chip is meaningless.  So please, have your pets microchipped, then take the few minutes required to register them.  At Found Animals, you can do it any time at your convenience.

Click on our link above, or here, to go to the registry.  Look around the website too, they have lots of  info you might be interested in about disaster planning and other topics.  If this post helps just one animal return home we will be happy!

Stay safe, kitties, and enjoy your weekend!  Thank Cod, we have blue skies, and we hope you do too.


meowmeowmans said...

Great post! It's so important to do everything possible to make sure you can be reunited with your beloved pets when they get lost. And microchipping is a really good way to do that.

A tornado in Laurel??? SCARY! We are so glad you are safe, dear friends.


Summer at said...

Wow, you kitties have been having some wild weather! So the importance of microchipping really hits home with you! Mine is with Avid, and I want to say, they make it really difficult to update the info. :-(

The Monkeys said...

We are very happy that you're all okay! We think microchipping is SO important and we are happy you posted about it :)

Marg said...

Sure glad all of you are all right. It is sad when pets get lost in a storm or any other way. That was some good info. Thanks. Take care.
Baby Doll is not on Pet Finders since I am not an official rescue. I asked the people that I took her for (a rescue) to put her on Petfinders and they wouldn't do it. Go figure.

Annie Bear said...

There's nothing like knowing you gave a kitty from a shelter or homeless a good home.

This post about microchipping is so important. Thanks for the reminder. I hope more and more people do it. The storms this summer have been so bad and it's just heartbreaking when pets are lost.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Oh dear. Such scary weather! We're glad you guys are safe from the tornado.
Microchipping is very useful but like you mentioned, it's useless unless the information is registered and kept updated. Over here, the authorities want to jump on the bandwagon of microchips but there isn't a proper registry for it to be useful. At the moment. Hopefully that will change in the near future.

Mariodacat said...

Whew, so glad you are all safe. This is such worthwhile information. We don't get tornados very often, but when we do M gets my PTU out and keeps is downstairs in the family room with us. She watches the radar down there so knows how things are going outside. At the least little warning in our area, I get stuffed in the PTU and stay with them. I'm also microchipped.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That is good and important information. The hurricane must have been scary!

Random Felines said...

Mom tells people all the time to get animals chipped and make sure the chip is registered. It breaks our hearts when animals are found with chips but no info to get them home....

stay safe!

Brian said...

I sure am glad you all are okay, those things are scary, scary, scary. That was a great post and it is so very impawtant to look out for your critters in every way!

Pat Hatt said...

Glad you made it through and the cat is registered at his zoo.


We are sure glad you are all okay!
Excellent advise for everyone!

The Island Cats said...

This is such great info. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. And we're so glad you're all safe from that tornado!

Cats Herd You said...

We're glad you are OK after the rough weather, and are back with such a great post! We're big believers in microchipping, and we know the chips do no good if they aren't registered. Since most of the chip companies charge for registration, having a way to do this for free is a HUGE win. Do you know if this is publicized to vets and to the chip companies themselves? We always thought that the vet/shelter contacted Avid or HomeAgain or whoever. It's better to be registered here, too, we're sure.

GLOGIRLY said...

We're all microchipped and registered here!
Well, I'm not sure about Glogirly. I think I should probably get her chipped too. : )


Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

It is the law in France that all domestic animals should be identified which, these days, means microchipped. we are all microchipped and there is a central registry in France. We have identity cards that come with our chips! By the way, Tommy and the vs are also microchipped! In fact, the only member of our family who isn't is #1. Maybe she should get one?

The Chans

Kitties Blue said...

This is the second time today that Mom has read about this. Two of the eight of us are microchipped, but no one ever told our humans we needed to be registered. Mom is going to do this right away and consider getting microchips for the rest of us. We hadn't heard about your tornado in Laurel. We had 70 mph winds here in SW VA. Glad everyone is okay at your place. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

Furry GOOD infomashun! ^.,^ Great post! Fankz~
We so Glad you are ALL Safe!
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