Planco Veterinary Care offers the HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service, a permanent, unalterable method of pet identification responsible for the successful reunion of more than 200,000 lost pets with their rightful owners.
HomeAgain is an advanced pet identification and retrieval system. A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades of the pet. The pet is enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service. HomeAgain maintains a national database and is available 24-hours daily, 365 days a year. When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or the clinic of a participating veterinarian. The animal’s identification number is called into HomeAgain, and the pet owner is notified immediately.
Currently, more than two and a quarter million microchipped pets are enrolled with the HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service. Today, pet recoveries as a result of microchips have grown to an average of 7,000 per month in the U.S. and a successful recovery is now occurring approximately every six (6) minutes.
Pets enrolled in the recovery network also receive collar tags to wear with their identification number and the toll-free recovery hotline. The tags alone help identify lost pets, but tags/collars can easily come off. A microchip provides permanent identification that remains in place and functional for the life of the implanted animal.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and you cannot see the microchip after it is implanted in the dog or cat. The procedure is simple and similar to administering a vaccine. The microchip comes pre-loaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. Extensive testing and long-term studies have shown the HomeAgain microchip is safe for pets.
Having a microchip identification, allows a pet that is lost to be shown the way home. The case for having pets implanted with a microchip is a strong one, as the statistics show that lost dogs with microchips are reunited with their families.