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Monday, April 7, 2014

Microchipping reunites lost pets with their owners



On Christmas Eve of 2012, a 10 year-old Shar Pei named Keno went missing from a Brooklyn Park home.  The owner searched tirelessly for Keno, filed a lost report, posted a report online, and put up signs.  She looked and waited, hoping for good news, but to no avail. Eventually she gave up, knowing how unlikely such an old dog would survive winter on his own.

In March of 2014, the Saint Paul Animal Control Center received a call about the safety of a Shar Pei wandering around the neighborhood on his own. Although Keno had no tags, the Animal Control Officer found the owner’s name after scanning the microchip. After more than 430 days, Keno was reunited with his owner.

Thanks to microchipping, Keno and his owner joined a growing number of people reunited with their animals.  

A microchip is slightly bigger than a grain of rice, which is inserted under an animal’s skin by a veterinarian. This form of permanent identification is found by a scanning device which displays a unique code to the animal.  Upon being identified, professionals contact the company and locate the pet’s owner - sometimes years and thousands of miles later.

All dogs that live in Saint Paul are required to be licensed through the Department of Safety and Inspection’s Animal Control Program upon turning three months of age.  Owners that have their dogs spayed, neutered and microchipped can purchase a Lifetime Dog License for $33. Owners that choose not to spay or neuter their dogs, but do have them microchipped can purchase a Lifetime Dog License for $65.  Over an average lifespan of 15 years, that amounts to $132-$760 in savings!  Dog licenses can be purchased at the Animal Control Center, call (651) 266-1100 or check here for more information. 


Tips if you’ve found a dog:
  • Contact Animal Control: You can either have an officer pick up the dog, or file a found report (if you want to try to find the owner on your own) 
  • Contact other Animal Professionals: Private animal shelters and some veterinary clinics also take found reports. 
  •  File an on-line found report: The Animal Humane Society, Animal Ark, Lost Dogs MN and Craigslist are good places to start. 
  •  Make a Found Dog flyer and distribute to neighbors (don’t place in mailboxes). 
  • Bring the dog to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter to be scanned.

    Tips if you’ve lost a dog:  
  • Contact Animal Control and other animal professionals to file a lost report. 
  •  Visit local animal shelters to see if your pet is there. 
  •  File an on-line lost report. The Animal Humane Society, Animal Ark, Lost Dogs MN, and Craigslist are good places to start. 
  • Make a Lost Dog flyer and distribute to neighbors (don’t place in mailboxes). 
  • Take your dog’s bed, favorite toy, and an item that smells like you to the last place your dog was seen. The smells can keep the dog in the area.
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If your dog is microchipped, contact the manufacturer with your most up to date information.

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