Lost Pets – Microchips and Facial Recognition registration

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Thank you for adopting your dog from K-9 Angels Rescue!

Many, like yourself, are heart-stricken by the number of perfectly adoptable animals destroyed at our over-crowded, Houston area high-kill shelters every day simply because they have no home, no family, to call their own.

When you chose to adopt, rather than buy a dog from a breeder or other retailer, you are truly giving a homeless dog a second chance at life.  In addition, because of your adoption you created an opening in our program for a new dog.  We hope it gives you great pleasure to know that among the many scared, homeless, and confused animals in the greater Houston area shelters, another had quickly taken your new family member’s place in our program.

One of the next steps in your new transition is to transfer and update the contact information on your dog’s microchip registry.  If this is not done, and your dog becomes ‘lost’, hopefully he/she will be found and scanned for the microchip number.  The microchip number identifies which chip registry to call for reporting a ‘found’ dog.  If you have not transferred the microchip number into your name & address the microchip registry will only have the contact information for K-9 Angels Rescue.

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An additional step is available to register your dog’s identity by facial recognition.
Get the Finding Rover app.
Finding Rover ( http://www.findingrover.com/ )

All Houstonians can search the participating shelter, B.A.R.C., for their dog just by clicking a few buttons on Finding Rover, which saves time for both the impounded pooch and worried pet-parents.  This app aims to increase reclaims and adoptions exponentially as the community grows on Finding Rover.

In some cases, stray dogs can skip the shelter intake process and head straight home when the dog is properly registered on Finding Rover.  Pet-parents are encouraged to register their dogs before they get lost because, if that moment comes, a digital Lost Dog poster can be created on Finding Rover in seconds.

When a pet is reported Lost or Found, a push-notification goes out to every member in 5 miles.  Members of the community can join the search party by clicking “Search” on a dog’s digital poster, and then create matches if they see a familiar face.

Finding Rover’s facial recognition technology is 98% accurate in matching Lost & Found dog posters together.   When a large community comes together using Finding Rover, the return-home rates for dogs will sky-rocket!  And Finding Rover is always FREE!  Help spread the word!

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What To Do If You Find A Stray

If there is a visible microchip number on the dog’s ID tag you can determine the registry by entering the microchip number in the AAHA Universal Microchip Lookup Tool.  http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/

If no tags are present and you are able to take the dog to a veterinary clinic you can have the dog scanned for a microchip free of charge.

AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool

Combined with a collar and current name tag, a microchip increases the likelihood of a lost pet being safely reunited with its owner.  However, even with a microchip scanner, identifying the correct pet recovery registry to contact can be challenging because microchip manufacturers and pet recovery services use different microchip technology and databases.

To alleviate the guesswork for veterinary hospitals, animal control facilities, and shelter staff members, AAHA created the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool.

How does it work?

The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool checks the databases of participating pet recovery services to determine which has registration information available for a microchip. Once a microchip identification number is entered into the tool, within seconds a list of all the registries with microchip registration information available, along with the registries’ contact information, will appear in chronological order; the registry with the most recent update appears first. If the microchip has not been registered with any participating pet recovery service, the result returned will default to the microchip’s manufacturer or distributor. While the tool will not return the pet owner information contained in the registries’ databases, it will identify which registries should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned and a microchip is found.

Check out AAHA’s microchip lookup tool.




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