What is a microchip?

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.

How does it work?

  • 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!

Where do you get a microchip?

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