A microchip contains a personal, one-of-a-kind identification number that distinguishes your pet as a member of your family. It is so tiny that it fits in a hypodermic needle. It can be used on dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles, exotics, ferrets and even fish.
Just like a vaccination, it's injected under the skin of your pet where it remains for life.
If your lost pet is found by a participating shelter, they will check him for a microchip with a special scanner.
When the shelter finds the chip number, they will call the company's 24 hour hotline (either AVID or Home Again).
After a quick search in the database, you, your veterinarian, or your alternate is contacted, and your pet comes home!
You can get one at your veterinarian, or you may come to the City of Boston's Animal Shelter. The fee to microchip your pet at the city shelter is $20 (check or money order only, please.) Please call ahead of time to ensure that a technician will be available to provide this service.
City of Boston Animal Shelter
26 Mahler Road
Roslindale, MA 02131