Microchip Your Pet
San Diego Humane Society offers affordable microchipping services because it is a proven tool in successfully reuniting owners with their lost pets. Sadly, one out of every three pets gets lost during their lifetime, and only one in 10 lost pets are found. Microchipping your pet could make the difference of a lifetime.
Microchip and vaccination appointments are only available up to 10 days in advance and fill up very quickly. New appointments are added on Wednesdays for the upcoming Sunday through Saturday (excluding Monday when we're closed). Check the below appointment calendar for new appointment openings on Wednesdays.
Please note that you will need to complete personal and animal information prior to having access to the appointment calendar.
- View available appointments in San Diego.
- View available appointments in Escondido.
- View available appointments in Oceanside.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
- Please bring your dog(s) on a leash and cat(s) inside a cat carrier (one cat per carrier).
- Collars and ID tags on your pets are recommended.
- Due to COVID-19, we are only accepting credit/debit card payments at this time.
Microchip and Vaccine Fees
- Microchip: $25 (includes registration). Please bring a government-issued ID.
- Rabies: $12
- DAPP (Dog): $12
- FVRCP (Cat): $12
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is permanent pet identification. The process is safe, simple, permanent and designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.
We inject the microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice (12 mm), beneath the surface of your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot and takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.
How Do Recoveries Happen?
HomeAgain microchips are designed to last your pet's entire lifetime, and once enrolled, they link to a permanent record of your owner information. Your microchip comes with a personal listing in HomeAgain's lost pet database.
The microchip has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pet's shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchip's unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.
If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to reunite you with your pet.
Dog Found 750 Miles Away From Home
Microchips have reunited people and their pets weeks, months and years after they have gone missing. Meet Fadiddle, who was missing from Utah for more than seven months and somehow ended up in San Diego. San Diego Humane Society is happy to have played a role in this wonderful reunion!Read Fadiddle's Story