Dorchester Paws Needs New Scanners

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic chip that is about the same size as a grain of rice. It is inserted under the skin of an animal and is activated by a scanner. The microchip is not a tracking device. It instead transmits an identification number to the scanner. That identification number is linked to the owner’s name and phone number. This is why it is important to update your microchip information whenever you change your address or get a new phone number.

How can you change the number associated with your microchip?

At Dorchester Paws we use 25 Pet Watch. To update your information visit and enter your pet’s microchip number. You can find their number on their adoption paperwork, rabies certificate, or by bringing them in to any vet and having them scanned.

Every year, Dorchester Paws helps reunite nearly 400 lost pets with their owners.

Did you know your pet has a better chance of being returned to you if they are microchipped?  When an animal is found and taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, one of the first things they do is scan the animal for a microchip.

If they find a microchip, and if the microchip registry has accurate information, they can quickly find the animal’s owner.

Every Dorchester Paws, animal receives a microchip before they are adopted. The brand we use is called 24 Pet Watch.

And we need new scanners.

Dorchester Paws is run on donations from the kindness and generosity of our community.

Right now, the model of the scanners that we use is no longer being made. When they break or need repair, we’re completely out of luck.
Without these scanners, we’re unable to scan strays that come through our gates and help them find their previous owners. That’s approximately 400 families annually who have lost their pets, are looking, and we’re unable to help them find their furry friends.

Right now, the model of scanner that we’re looking for is 20% off, but only for a few more days.

Every dollar makes a difference and helps us in the life-saving and family-reuniting work that Dorchester Paws does on a daily basis.
Every share helps spread the mission of Dorchester Paws to help every dog and cat on their journey to their forever homes.