When a stray animal arrives at the Marin Humane Society (MHS), one of the first things we do is to scan him or her for a microchip. A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of animals. The chip, about the size of a large grain of rice, uses passive radio frequency identification technology. The microchip is then registered to a database so that lost animals can be tracked and reunited with their guardians.

BusterWhen Marin Humane Society Officer Andy O’Brien brought in a stray rabbit, we weren’t hopeful we’d find a microchip (often, people only microchip dogs and cats, even though microchips can be used on almost all animals) but lo and behold, there it was!

We were able to contact Buster’s family and within 24 hours of his arrival at MHS, Buster was reunited with his very enthusiastic guardians, including Mina (7) and Coleman (11).

A few days earlier, Buster had been let out in the backyard to stretch his legs and get some exercise. While he was outside, something startled him and he hid in the bushes. Dad suggested they leave Buster alone hoping he would settle down and come out. When they returned a short time later, Buster was gone. They searched their property and neighborhood but couldn’t find him.

Buster’s story is a perfect example of why microchips are not just for cats and dogs.

Making sure your pets have a microchip is the beginning to a happy reunion. It is imperative that the contact information associated with the chip is not only up to date, but that it is on file with your vet and your local shelter.

The Marin Humane Society offers this service for rabbits for only $15. For more information about microchipping call 415.883.4621.