The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.


A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, including 53 animal shelters across the U.S., confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families, and the importance of microchip registration.


• Only 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase).

• Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000{5b2b49686cd7b3856a4bf0b771a4d84504c4d2c07b1d1a668f40ce6583ae99fe} better).


That’s why you get a pet microchip. No bigger than a grain of rice; no more costly than a month’s supply of pet food. A pet microchip and enrollment in a pet recovery database brings lost pets home and provides peace of mind that your beloved companion will never wander unknown.

At Dogwood Veterinary Hospital, we confidently offer Save This Life microchip identification. Once a Save This Life microchipped pet is discovered, the owner will be receive a text message and an email alerting them of the discovery as well as a GPS map of where the pet finder is located.

Stop in or call today, and ask us about this safe, simple, and inexpensive way to help protect your pet against loss or theft.