News Release - Rochester Animal Services Distributes Microchip Scanners to Reunite Lost Pets with Owners

City of Rochester

News Release

(Friday, June 25, 2021) – The City of Rochester’s Animal Services (RAS) has provided microchip scanners to Neighborhood Service Centers, R-Centers and pet stores to help reunite missing pets with their people. Lost pet reunification is one of the main functions of RAS.

“By broadly distributing chip scanners we can get more lost pets home to their families,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “This initiative will expand the pet lost-and-found service of Rochester Animal Services directly to our neighborhoods and reduce trips to the shelter.”

Staff at these sites can use the scanners to search for microchips on lost animals they encounter to help them locate the owner. If a microchip is identified, the finder or the staff member can check the American Animal Hospital Association’s online Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to facilitate re-unification. To find locations for microchip scanners, visit:

RAS provides microchips for all pets adopted or reclaimed from the Center and all pets supported through its Pets for Life and Pet Support programs. In addition, RAS offers periodic microchip and vaccination clinics.

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