Microchipping SAVES LIVES!

A microchip is a small device, no bigger than a grain of rice, that is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats. This device emits a signal, which when scanned, retrieves a registration number. That number is registered to the pet's owner, or to the shelter or veterinarian who inserted the microchip.

If your pet is ever lost, shelters and veterinary clinics around the country routinely scan for microchips to assist in identifying its owner. By simply calling the number for that microchip manufacturers database, your pet can be quickly reunited with you.

The microchips that we offer are HomeAgain, read by our scanners, and those used by Oakland Animal Services, East County Animal Services and other East Bay public shelters. It uses the standard frequency adopted for U.S. microchips. International microchips have a different frequency. If a pets arrives in our facility with a chip, that chip may be another brand but operates on the same frequency.

  • All EBSPCA animals available for adoption are microchipped.
  • If you have a pet that is not microchipped, we offer microchipping at our full-service Veterinary Clinic (with an appointment), and at our Drop-In Vaccine Clinic. It can also be done during spay/neuter surgery. Microchip fees at our facilities include: implantation of the chip, initial registration in the HomeAgain database, and an ID tag. Please note that future changes of address or ownership are not included, but you are provided with a certificate as well as change-of-address forms.