The statistics surrounding pet loss show 10 million pets are lost every year. One in three pets will get lost during their lifetime. From the contractor or visitor unknowingly letting your pet out to losses that occur during travel our pets find themselves lost. In cases of emergencies, natural disasters, and theft our furry companions become even more difficult to find. Studies tell us that 90% of those without ID will never return home to their families. But with microchip identification pets are reunited with their owners every month!
While vaccinations are necessary to protect the health of your pet, microchip implantation may be the most important “shot” your pet receives. That’s because getting lost is the #1 cause of death in pets. We have been implanting microchips in pets for over 15 years, and over six million pets have been implanted with the HomeAgain microchip alone. Properly implanting the microchip is important to ensuring it is correctly and safe. We offer this service during any of our business hours but when possible encourage that it is done with during your pets neutering. We will make sure that your information is registered with your pet’s identification. If your pet is registered with the Kent County we will also make sure that your pet’s microchip number is registered with them as well. Our microchip program also includes your first year in the HomeAgains Membership program. With this your pet will receive a full lineup of additional safety and wellness benefits.
The last thing a panic-stricken family needs after their beloved pet has gone missing is to call a hotline number and get a recording. That doesn’t happen with HomeAgain. Their Lost Pet Specialists are always available to talk with members and guide them through the emotional process of finding their lost pets. Just as important, their specialists are trained to quickly and efficiently gather the information needed to initiate the rescue process, which includes sending out Rapid Lost Pet Alerts and mobilizing their nationwide network of PetRescuers.
Only HomeAgain features a nationwide network of over 1 million PetRescuers—volunteers who have signed up to receive email alerts about pets lost in their areas. Moments after a pet is reported missing, veterinarians, shelter staff, and volunteer PetRescuers within a 25-mile radius receive a Rapid Lost Pet Alert featuring the missing pet’s microchip ID code, physical description, and last known location. Members can also use their online system to create a lost pet poster featuring a photo of their pet, which can be sent out with the alerts. From that point on, the mobilized network of PetRescuers remain vigilant, keeping a lookout for the lost pet.
Microchips registered with HomeAgain remain in their database for life. HomeAgain members receive annual renewal notices as well as other regular reminders to keep their contact information current, and they can update their profile at any time during the membership year, not just at renewal. Keeping an updated microchip registry and ensuring that owners can be contacted when their lost pets are found is a critical part of making microchip identification work.
Lost pets can end up very far from home. Some lost cats and dogs that were reported missing have been recovered more than 1,000 miles away from their owners! So even though the pet has been located, the happy reunion can’t occur until the geographic obstacle is overcome—and that sometimes creates a financial hurdle for pet owners. Not every one may be able to afford to board a plane to retrieve their pet or to pay for the pet to be transported home.
HomeAgain covers flights of up to $500 for dogs or cats found more than 500 miles from home—another example of why HomeAgain is the most comprehensive pet recovery service in the industry.
Pets don’t have to be lost to benefit from the comprehensive pet protection available through HomeAgain. Sometimes a pet emergency can strike outside of our vet clinic office hours or when an you and your pet are traveling far from home. In situations like these, members can call the 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline and speak with an ASPCA-licensed veterinarian who can offer medical assistance or direct you to an emergency veterinarian nearby. Each call—a $65 value, is included with the annual HomeAgain membership.