With June being touted as “Microchip Your Pet Month,” the Bermuda SPCA is reminding the public of the importance of microchipping as “an essential part of looking after your pet and ensuring that it can be positively identified.”
A spokesperson said, “Microchips last the lifetime of your pet and can’t be removed easily like collar tags; and as long as your contact details are kept up to date, you’ll be reunited with your pet even if he/she is found miles away – even abroad.
“In Bermuda it is a legal requirement that all dogs must be microchipped, and correctly registered/licensed to their current owner. For other pets microchipping is optional but highly recommended.”
“The SPCA receives reports daily [through the website www.spca.bm or phone 236-7333] of lost, found and deceased animals, if they are not microchipped we have no way of identifying an owner and no proof of ownership should there be a dispute,” says Jodi Corbett, Humane Education Officer at the Bermuda SPCA.
“We believe that microchipping is a major part of being a responsible pet owner.”
“A microchip is only slightly bigger than a grain of rice, taking just a few seconds for your vet to implant into your pet’s scruff [loose skin between its shoulder blades]. Once your pet is chipped, unique contact details and code are kept in a database – so if your pet is found and taken to a vet, The Bermuda SPCA, or collected by the Animal Wardens, they will be scanned for a chip.
“If a chip is found and your details are up to date then you will get a call letting you know where you animal is. If there is no chip you may never be reunited with your pet again and there is a chance he or she will be legally rehomed after a mandatory four day waiting period.
“At the Bermuda SPCA all cats and dogs are spayed/neutered and microchipped before leaving the Shelter as part of the medical care included with every adoption. For more information about the importance of microchipping visit www.spca.bm or call your vet to make an appointment for your pet to be microchipped.”