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dogPet Identification

Each year thousands of lost and abandoned pets are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America.

Some of these animals never make it home because they can't be identified.

If you want to improve your pet's chances of getting home fast and safe in case it were to go missing, microchipping is your best option. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a tiny chip, the size of a grain of rice that is permanently implanted in your pet to ensure that it can be identified quickly.

Each chip has a unique identification number that links your pet to your details so that you can get it home faster if it were to ever go missing.

The chip is powered by a scanner which sends a signal to the chip and receives the unique identification number stored on it.

When a vet, shelter or humane society finds a lost or missing pet, they use the scanner to read your pet's chip.

They contact the Lost Pet Recovery Service with the number from the chip. We then contact you and reunite you with your pet. 

Why should I microchip my pet?

  • Only true permanent method of pet identification
  • Best chance of your pet returning to you after going missing
  • Quick and painless procedure, similar to vaccination
  • Lasts for the lifetime of your pet

My dog always wears a collar and tags why do I need to microchip it?

Collars and tags are great but they can be removed or get lost and tattooing can become illegible over time. Microchips are the only truly permanent method of identifying your dog. 

I have a cat - should I microchip it?

Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable. In the event that your cat strays away from the safety of your home a registered microchip is your cat's best chance of a fast return.

What does it cost? 

The average cost to microchip your pet is $50.00. 

Are there any applicable fees if my pet is found by Animal Services?

If your dog is brought to the Animal Shelter or picked up by Animal Services and returned to you, the following fees applies: 

Dog without identification that includes contact information for the owner or identification that is not up to date: $100.00

Dog with valid identification - first redemption: $25.00

Dog with valid identification - each subsequent redemption: $50.00

For each day the dog is impounded, excluding the first day: $20.00

Where your dog has been quarantined at the shelter:

  • First day of quarantine: $59.00
  • For each subsequent day of quarantine: $23.00

Where the dog was retrieved by an animal control officer outside of business hours: $80.00

All fees are subject to HST.


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