When it comes to caring for your cat or dog, there is nothing better you can do than get them microchipped. In Australia and New Zealand, citizens are legally required to microchip their pets, a practice that has gone a long way in cutting down on the number of strays that end up in animal shelters each year.
The small, rice-shaped implant is typically inserted between the animal’s shoulder blades, and is the first thing shelters check for upon intake. If your pet ever gets lost, having a microchip that contains your contact information is its best chance of ever returning home.
Ted Kupferman lost his dog, Bear, in 2013 after being involved in a minor car accident. Spooked from the wreck, the dog ran away and was nowhere to be found, despite Ted’s best efforts. The story of how he made his way home, after two years on his own, is one you’ll have to see to believe. Just remember, it never would have been possible without his microchip.