The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Once installed, it sits safely between the shoulder blades of the pet.
When a scanner is passed over the back of the pet, the chip receives a signal and quickly sends its ID number back to the scanner where it is displayed in the viewing window. The scanning process takes only seconds and the pet feels nothing.
Once an animal is injected with the chip, he can be identified throughout his life by this unique ID number. His identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.
To insure that the microchip can do its job, the owner must register with a Pet Recovery Service, so that contact information for the lost pet can be supplied when a shelter calls.