Commitment to Care: The Importance of Pet Identification

Pets are more than just animals; they are loved members of our families.  Whether you have a playful pup or a curious kitty, their safety and well-being is paramount.  One of the most crucial steps in responsible pet ownership is ensuring they can be easily located if they ever get lost. This is where pet identification methods come into play, offering peace of mind and a swift reunion should the unexpected happen.  There are several types of identification available, and all are affordable.


  1. Microchips: A permanent and secure method of identification.  A tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades.  This chip contains a unique identification number that can be scanned by veterinarians, animal shelters and animal control officers.  Once scanned we call a central microchip database and get the pet’s owners’ information and contact them so they can all be reunited.  This method of identification is very important to have because it ensures that the pet can be traced back to you even if their collar is lost.  Some microchips now have an additional bonus of taking your pets’ temperature when scanned so when they go to the veterinarian, they don’t need their temperature taken the old way.
  2. Collar and Tags: The most common and immediate form of identification, collar with engraved tags. They display a minimal amount, but essential information such as the pet’s name and owner’s phone number.  There are new tags now with a QR code. Anyone who finds your pet just has to scan the QR code with their smart phone and they will instantly get all the information you put into your pet’s profile.  When someone scans your pets tag you will be notified by phone, text or email immediately.
  3. GPS Trackers: Modern technology has introduced GPS trackers that attach to your pet’s collar. These devices use satellites to pinpoint your pet’s location in real time, allowing you to track them via a smartphone app.  While not a replacement for traditional identification, GPS trackers offer an added layer of security for pets that may wander far from home.  These are more expensive and may require a monthly fee.


  1. Ensures a Swift Reunion: Pets can easily become disoriented or lost, especially in unfamiliar surroundings or during natural disasters. Identification significantly increases the likelihood of a speedy reunion with their worried owners.
  2. Provided Proof of Ownership: In cased of theft or disputed over ownership, having a clear identification can serve as proof that your pet belongs to you. This can be crucial in legal proceedings or when dealing with shelters or authorities.
  3. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your pet is properly identified gives you peace of mind, reducing anxiety about what might happen if they were to go missing. It allows you to enjoy your time together without constant worry.

Pet identification is not just a precaution; it’s a responsibility that every pet owner should take seriously.  Whether through microchips, collar and tag, or GPS trackers, the goal remains the same: to safeguard our pets and ensure their safe return if they ever wander off.  By investing in proper identification, you’re not only protecting your beloved companion but also contributing to a community that values responsible pet ownership.  Rember, a little effort today can make a world of difference tomorrow.