Lab Rescue’s Microchip Registration Process
Microchipping is a simple procedure the vet or vet tech simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.
A microchip is permanent pet ID. The microchip itself has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet’s shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.
Registering Microchip Implanted by Lab Rescue
If your dog has a microchip imbedded by Lab Rescue, it comes with free and lifetime registration in HomeAgain database.
Two weeks after adoption you must register your dog’s microchip identification code in the HomeAgain national pet recovery database in one of two ways:
Online at the Home Again Website
By calling: 1-888-HomeAgain [1-888-466-3242]
Please Note: if the agent tells you there is a registration fee ask them to check the chip number as registration should be prepaid.
After registration, you will be able to complete your pet's profile, update your contact information at any time, upload a photo, enter medical information, and add an alternative contact all online. This information links your pet to you so that he or she can be returned home safely.
Besides being registered in Home Again database your dog has one year of HomeAgain membership benefits which can be renewed at an additional cost on an annual basis. Membership includes 24/7 lost pet specialists, rapid lost pet alerts, personalized lost pet posters, 24/7 emergency medical hotline and travel assistance for found pets.
Microchips for Puppies adopted through Lab Rescue
If you adopted a puppy through Lab Rescue, the chip will normally be implanted when the puppy is spayed or neutered. If the puppy is spayed or neutered at one of our participating vets, it will be free.
If you have the puppy spayed/neutered at your vet, our Spay-Neuter Coordinator will make arrangement to send a microchip to your vet if they agree to implant it. Note: If there is an additional charge to implant the chip, it is the owner’s responsibility.
Registering Microchip Not Implanted by Lab Rescue Vets
If your dog already had a microchip when it came into Lab Rescue, we will have your dog’s microchip number in our database. It is owner’s responsibility to register it with the manufacturer. Any costs associated with the registration process falls to the owner, this normally runs about $20.00.
Most companies will change the owner’s registration information upon proof of ownership.
Owner can register/change registration by contacting the chip manufacturer. Normally a copy of your adoption contract is adequate.
Don't Know if it's a Lab Rescue chip or not?
If you do not know who made the microchip you can look it up. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) developed the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to simplify and expedite the identification of lost pets and to make it easier to contact the correct registry.
The tool is available online at: http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
When a microchip ID number is entered into the tool, a list of pet recovery companies with which the microchip was registered appears in chronological order, with the most recently updated entry listed first, along with contact information for the registries.
If the microchip has not been registered with a pet recovery service, the microchip's manufacturer or distributor will be listed.
NOTE: If you have problems registering your dog’s microchips please send a message to our Microchip Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org