Best chance for finding pets |

Best chance for finding pets

Blair Bracken
Shelter Tails

Microchipping your pet is a simple, inexpensive, safe and easy way to ensure your pet’s location in case — for some unfortunate circumstance — they get loose.

The staff at the Rifle Animal Shelter consistently stresses the importance of microchipping by providing accurate information on the best practices for your pet. We use Home Again microchips, which offer many services such as: Home Again national pet recovery database, lost pet specialists, pet travel assistance, rapid lost pet alerts and a 24/7 emergency medical hotline.

You can go to the Home Again website at to update your address and contact information, and add your veterinarian to your pet’s records.

So, what exactly is a microchip?

A microchip is a form of permanent identification — as small as a grain of rice — inserted into the scruff of the animal’s neck. The procedure is as simple as a routine vaccination.

When a lost or stray animal comes into the shelter or to the vet’s office, it can be digitally scanned for a microchip. If detected, the microchip will lead to the owner’s information.

A microchip is the perfect identification device because it cannot be lost or easily removed. Rifle Animal Shelter places microchips in all of our adopted dogs and cats.

Now is a great time to get your pet microchipped. As summer approaches, we all — including our four-legged friends — become more active outdoors, especially here on Colorado’s Western Slope. With so much to do, like camping, fishing, hiking and more, there’s a greater chance that your pet could become distracted and take off during an outdoor adventure. So come to the Rifle Animal Shelter and give your pet the best chance of returning home.

No appointment is needed to get a microchip or license for your pet. Walk in at any time during our open hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, or feel free to contact us at 625-8808 for more information regarding the microchipping process.

Shelter Tails is a monthly column written by Rifle Animal Shelter staff. Each article features one of the many important elements that make the Rifle Animal Shelter run successfully. We here at the Rifle Animal Shelter not only make it our mission to provide the best quality care to homeless cats and dogs, but also to educate the community about the importance of what we do and remind that everyone has the option to choose adoption.

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