HomeAgain® Emphasizes the Importance of Microchipping Pets

Microchip ID’s Help to Ensure Lost Pets Return Home

MADISON, N.J., June 1, 2021 – HomeAgain®, a leading pet recovery database part of Merck Animal Health, wants to call attention to the important role of microchipping and registering pets as part of National Microchip Month.

            Microchipping a pet and registering the pet owners’ contact information with a national database, such as HomeAgain, provides the best chance of a pet being reunited with its family,” said Kenneth Klaus, general manager, HomeAgain. “Sometimes pets find a way to escape our homes. A microchipped pet registered with HomeAgain stands a much greater chance of being quickly reunited with its family. It’s a safe and simple procedure that helps pet owners have peace of mind should their pet get lost.”

HomeAgain developed these facts to emphasize the importance of microchipping pets: 

  • A microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice that sits beneath a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Each microchip is programmed with a permanent identification number that is unique to the pet, which makes it vital that pet owners keep their pet’s microchip information up to date with current contact information.
    • Pets can be microchipped at any time, either at a veterinarian’s office during the time of vaccination, spaying or neutering, or at a local animal shelter. If a pet is adopted from a shelter, they frequently will have been microchipped and pet owners will be given information that shows the microchip number.
    • Pet recovery services such as HomeAgain offer a wide range of microchip readers for veterinary professionals and local shelters to quickly identify pets they come in contact with. The Universal WorldScan® Reader+ works on every type of microchip, making it simple to scan pets during routine wellness visits while initiating conversation around the importance of microchipping and registering pets with a reliable pet recovery database.  

“It’s important that pet owners understand the importance of having their dog or cat microchipped and registered with a reliable database, because the distress of dealing with a lost pet is the most common reason why the human-animal bond is broken,” said Joseph Hahn, DVM, executive director of U.S. Companion Animal and Equine Professional Services, Merck Animal Health. “We are proud to have the most robust active pet recovery service to reunite lost pets. As veterinary professionals, we highly recommend having pets protected with up-to-date microchip technology in order to ensure they are easily identifiable, and the pet owner is secure in the unfortunate case they go missing.”

When a pet is lost, owners notify HomeAgain either through the website www.HomeAgain.com or the staffed 24/7, 365-day U.S.-based Lost Pet Recovery call center (1-888-HOMEAGAIN). For premium members, HomeAgain will send out Lost Pet Alerts to participating animal shelters, veterinary clinics and HomeAgain PetRescuers in the area of where the pet was last seen. Once a found pet is scanned by one of the 50,000+ scanners at veterinary clinics and shelters throughout the U.S., HomeAgain then locates the pet owner through the contact information linked to the microchip number. HomeAgain has been successfully reuniting pets with their families for over 20 years and has celebrated nearly 3 million happy reunions.

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About Merck Animal Health

For 130 years, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter at @MerckAH.

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