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Microchipping is a quick and nearly painless procedure that provides permanent tracking information and identification that can't be lost, worn out or damaged. It's inserted by injecting a small chip between your pet's shoulder blades. Every animal adopted from the shelter gets microchipped.

Should your pet be lost, special scanners read the chip, which can be traced to the manufacturer and then to your name, address and phone number.

» Found Animals video guide to microchip implantation

Baltimore County pet owners can bring their dogs and cats to the shelter to receive microchipping service for a low-cost fee of $10.

Update Your Information

It's critical to regularly update your contact information.

There's no universal microchip registry. If your pet was microchipped by the Baltimore County Animal Shelter, you can update your contact information by logging on to the Found Animals registry.

If you don't know the number or manufacturer of your pet's microchip, please see your veterinarian. We encourage you to update this information as a regular part of your pet's healthcare regimen.

Microchipping is not a substitute for animal licensing, which is required by law in Baltimore County.


Revised July 1, 2021         


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