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.

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 insteads 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 24 Pet Watch. To update your information visit https://microchip.24petwatch.com/PreReg-PetOwner.aspx 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.