Microchipping your Pet

If your pet’s collar breaks or its collar tag falls off or becomes hard to read, a microchip permanently identifies your pet to help your pet get back to you if it’s lost or stolen.

What is a microchip? How does it work?

A microchip is a computer chip enclosed in a small glass cylinder (about the size of a grain of rice. The chip is injected under your pet’s skin and serves as a permanent form of identification. Once the microchip has been placed, you register your contact information — and the pet’s description — with the database specific to that brand of microchip. (Some veterinary practices will do this for you.) Veterinarians and animal shelter workers who recover lost pets routinely check for these microchips through the use of scanners that read and display the pet’s microchip number.

Note: If your contact information on file is up to date, you can be quickly notified and reunited with your pet

A vet holds a micro-chip identity tag which can be inserted under the skin of a dog or cat's neck.

A vet holds a micro-chip identity tag which can be inserted under the skin of a dog or cat’s neck.


How is the microchip implanted? Will it hurt my pet?

Implanting a microchip is quick, easy, and painless. Your veterinarian will inject the microchip under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The injection is performed with a hypodermic needle that is slightly larger than those used for vaccinations. No anesthesia is required, though animals that are already anesthetized for procedures such as a neuter or spay might be microchipped at the same time.

How much of my information is accessible via microchip? Do I need to be concerned about my privacy?

The only information that will be accessible from your pet’s microchip is the contact information you provide to the manufacturer’s microchip registry. This information will be used to contact you in the event that your pet is found and his microchip is scanned. Any other personal information, including your pet’s health record or other medical information, will not be included.

My pet wears a collar with ID tags. Do I really need to microchip? Does my pet’s microchip replace his tags?

Collars and current tags are still the quickest and easiest way to identify a pet’s owner. Additionally, most cities also require pets to have both rabies tags and a city license—information that is not provided by a microchip.

However, collars and tags can become lost or damaged, making it difficult for animal control or shelter personnel to identify a pet’s owner. Using tags and a microchip together—and ensuring both are regularly updated—is the best way to ensure your pet’s safe return.


Note: Here is a link to an in-depth article on the Microchipping of Animals  written by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Watch a Dog get Microchipped

Mailman builds ramp for senior dog in his neighborhood

Jeff Kramer donated a ramp and installed it for an old dog that lives on his mail route in Boulder, Colorado.

USPS mail carrier, Jeff Kramer first met Tashi the Black Lab several years ago when he came bounding outside to say hello on the first day of Kramer’s new mail route. The pair became fast friends, and Tashi made a routine of running outside to meet Kramer every day.

Over the years, Kramer watched Tashi grow older. He started having trouble making it up and down the Dimetrosky family’s front porch steps to greet his mailman pal and, eventually, had to be carried up and down.

Jeff Kramer and Tashi

Jeff Kramer and Tashi


Watching Tashi struggle with the steps reminded Kramer of his own dog who’d passed away five years ago. He had built a ramp for his elderly dog, Odie. But since Odie passed away, the ramp has just been sitting in Kramer’s backyard. So, the dog-loving mailman brought over all of the lumber from his dog’s ramp and left it for the Dimetrosky family to use.

Unfortunately, the Dimetrosky’s “aren’t very handy,” and the lumber sat, untouched, on the side of the house for several months. That’s when, without them asking, Kramer stopped by on his day off and built the ramp for Tashi.

From Channel 9News


From DailyCamera Photo: Tashi’s family talks about Kramer’s gift

An amusing hazard of working with geriatric dogs

This dastardly deed occurred at House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary

Note: House with a Heart is not a foster home or rescue group. Once a dog becomes a resident, it has a loving home for life.

House with a Heart has previously been featured on Divinity’s blog:
* A Retirement Home For Unwanted Senior Pets

* Senior sanctuary dog finds a girlfriend

House with a Heart – contact links
  • House with a Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryWebsite
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryFacebook
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryTwitter

Cold weather safety for pets

Nikki and everyone’s favorite, Brutus, from Bob’s House for Dogs are giving some great tips for this frigid weather!

Baby its cold outside and while many of us wish we could just sit inside with our furry friend, the truth is our pets and us have to go outside at some point.

From WEAU TV: Nikki Ristau of Bob’s House for Dogs joined Hello Wisconsin with safety advice for our pets against the bitter cold.

She explained that there are common misconceptions that dogs are not affected by colder temperatures. But they can be more susceptible depending on the breed and body type.

Dogs especially can experience frostbite and hypothermia on their ears, pads of feet and respiratory tract. Pet owners can notice these signs if their dog starts to move slowly, shivers, stops moving, and acts lethargic.

It’s important to note no dogs should stay out in below freezing temperatures. Therefore, owners should skip the walk on bitter cold days. However for comfort in colder weather, there are a few options to help our pets. These include an off ground bed, booties, sweaters, and don’t over bathe. The skin of dogs can become dry.

Dangers to watch for include ice and salt, because pets often lick their paws which then goes into their digestive system.

  • Bob’s House for Dogs – Website


Pilots N Paws, giving man’s best friend a lift

Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charitable organization who through the help of general aviation volunteer pilots, transport rescue animals by air.

From the “Pilots N Paws” website

The mission of Pilots N Paws is to provide a user-friendly website communication venue between those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of these animals. Founded in February of 2008, Pilots N Paws continues to make a difference in the lives of innocent animals.

We have flown thousands of rescue animals, military working dogs, service dogs, and dogs soldiers have adopted from war zones to safe havens provided by rescues and families. We encourage everyone to please alter your pets and become responsible pet owners.

From Greenvilleonline.com

Pilots N Paws pilots volunteer to fly animals from kill shelters to rescue groups nationally. By the end of 2014, Pilots N Paws 4,200 volunteer pilots from all over the United States had helped fly about 60,000 animals to new homes in just six years.

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff


The best view for a PnP's rescued dog

The best view for a PnP’s rescued dog


A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight

A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight


This Doodle is the co-pilot

This Doodle is the co-pilot


Everyone is smiling on this flight

Everyone is smiling on this flight



This video from early 2016 documents a flight from Spokane, WA to Medford, OR to transport a rescue dog for Pilots N Paws.


This is a clip from a mission on December 15, 2015. Just in time for the holidays, Toby, a beautiful and sweet Golden Retriever traveled from Finding Great Homes in Greensboro, NC to his new forever home near Richmond, VA.