Forsyth Humane Society

Providing animal resource information, animal education, low cost spay / neuter assistance, and promotion of responsible pet ownership to Winston-Salem for over 70 years.

Microchipping

How does microchipping work?

The Forsyth Humane Society encourages the use of microchips. A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted between the shoulder blades of your pet. The pet is enrolled with a pet recovery service, which maintains a national database.

When a lost pet is found, he or she can be scanned at an animal shelter or veterinarian. The animal’s identification number is checked via the database, and the pet owner is notified immediately.

All FHS animals are microchipped prior to adoption.

Why have your pet microchipped?

  • It is much easier for veterinarians and shelters to identify and reunite pets which have microchips. Although the FHS is a no-kill shelter, sometimes lost pets in shelters are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owner.
  • Collar tags are a great way to identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners, but sometimes they can fall off or get lost.
  • The procedure is safe, inexpensive, fast and virtually painless for the animal.
  • There are about 20,000 microchip scanners currently in use by shelters, veterinarians, and municipal organizations around the country.

How to Microchip

Most local veterinarians offer microchipping services. If you have trouble finding a microchipping facility, please contact us.