A microchip is not a guarantee that your lost pet will return home, but it significantly increases the chances of reuniting with your companion. Even if your pet doesn't run away, unexpected disasters can occur that may leave you separated.
Hurricane Katrina taught us a lot about the importance of permanent identification: the Louisiana SCPA reported that of the 15,000 rescued pets (not including the tens of thousands unaccounted for), only 15-20% made it back to their families.
The absolute best thing you can do to increase your pet's chances of returning home is have a collar with tags that display your cell phone number and home address. However, collars can be lost or removed, so we recommend a microchip as another means of identification.
Microchip Questions & Concerns
I want my pet to be microchipped. What's next?
Does your kitty turn into a furry ball of sharp weapons when you bring out the cat carrier? Maybe he disappears altogether! What if we told you that with a few little tricks, your feline friend will not only enjoy the carrier, but will go into it on his own?
Bringing your cat to the vet in a carrier is the safest way to get him there - there's no risk of him wiggling under the brake pedal en route, he won't jump out of your arms in the parking lot,and he'll feel safely protected from the St. Bernard in the waiting room.