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Did you know 1 in 3 pets will go lost in their lifetimes? Increase the chances of getting your pet back if the unthinkable happens by giving your pet permanent identification with a $5 microchip at Memphis Animal Services.


We offer $5 microchips (including registration) every day during our public hours. No appointment is needed!

Simply let the front desk staff know that you are here to get your pet(s) microchipped and we will take care of the rest. It takes only a few minutes to implant and register the chip. See below for commonly asked questions regarding microchipping your pet.


Q: What is a microchip? 

A: A microchip is a small electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, that contains a unique identification number. It is implanted under the skin of a pet, usually between the shoulder blades. 


Q: Why should I microchip my pet? 

A: Microchipping your pet provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost or removed. If your pet is lost or stolen, a microchip can help reunite you with them. 


Q: How does a microchip help reunite me with my pet? 

A: If your lost pet is found and taken to a shelter or veterinarian, they will scan your pet for a microchip. If your pet has a microchip, the identification number will show up on the scanner. The shelter or veterinarian can then contact the microchip company to obtain your contact information and help reunite you with your pet. 


Q: Is microchipping my pet painful? 

A: The procedure for implanting a microchip is quick and relatively painless. It is similar to a vaccination and does not require anesthesia. 


Q: Can my pet’s microchip be tracked by GPS? 

A: No, a microchip does not contain GPS tracking technology. It can only be scanned by a special reader to retrieve the unique identification number. 


Q: How do I register my pet’s microchip? 

A: Memphis Animal Services will register your pet’s microchip with the information you provided on the “Microchip Registration” form. Go to to set up an account so that you can update your contact information (phone number, email, address) as needed. *Keeping your registration up to date is very important in the event your pet is lost or stolen. Update your information every time you move, change your phone number, or change your email address.* 


Q: Does a microchip replace identification tags and rabies tags? 

A: No. Microchips are great for permanent identification, but nothing replaces a collar with up-to-date identification tags. Your pet’s rabies tag should also always be worn on its collar, so people can quickly see that your pet has been vaccinated against this deadly disease. But if a pet is not wearing a collar and tags, or if the collar is lost or removed, then the presence of a microchip might be the only way the pet can be reunited with their owner. 


Q: Is my pet’s microchip registration free? 

A: Yes, 24Petwatch is a free microchip registry. 24Petwatch does offer enhanced pet protection memberships that you can elect to upgrade to.