1 in 3 pets will get lost without a form of ID. Of these, 90% will not return home.Why take the risk? Get your pet microchipped today!
Starting on January 1, 2022, new microchip legislation will be coming into effect in the state of Hawai’i.What law has changed? Revised Ordinance of Honolulu Chapter 7: Animals and Fowl
On July 1, 2020, the City and Council of Honolulu implemented mandatory microchip identification for cats and dogs over the age of four months. This replaces the City and County of Honolulu’s dog license tag requirement but does not replace the requirement that cats allowed outdoors have visible identification. Hawaii Humane Society (HHS) now has legal custody of any stray dog or cat with microchip identification after five days in its care, down from nine days. All dogs and cats are now required to have microchip identification. Pet cats allowed outdoors are still required to have visible identification. This is highly recommended for dogs as well but not legally required. Under the new ordinance, pet owners who have microchips implanted have 30 days to register their contact information with the microchip manufacturer or a free online database. They also have 30 days to update any changes to their contact information or to transfer ownership of a pet.
Any dog or cat without a microchip who is impounded by HHS or taken into custody by an animal rescue nonprofit must have a microchip implanted before release. HHS remains the official pet lost and found for Oahu. If you need help identifying the owner of a microchipped pet, call the admissions team at 808-356-2285.
Implications and Advantages of MicrochipsResearch has found that one in three pets will become lost during its lifetime. Sadly, 90% of these pets will not return home unless the pet is equipped with some sort of identification. Across the US, over one million stray animals are euthanized by animal shelters and animal control officers/contractors. Microchip identification can save the lives of these pets. Microchip identification is the single most effective way of returning lost pets to their owners.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and implanted beneath the pet’s skin between the shoulders. It contains a unique number used to identify animals, which can be scanned and then used to find the owner’s contact information in a registry. Found pets can be taken to a veterinary office, rescue organization or shelter, or even a pet store to have the pet checked for a microchip.With support from social media, individuals with personal scanners are available in every community and can respond to found pet alerts posted on pet pages. National registries, such as the nonprofit Found Animals organization, then send a voicemail, textmessage, and electronic mail alert to owners when their pet is found. The pet owner is then provided with the contact information of the rescuer or finder. These support networks allow finders to directly return lost pets to their owners in communities wherethey live, since lost pets are most often found within a mile of their home. The legislature also finds that this streamlined process effectively bypasses the need for animal control, saves taxpayer money by eliminating the cost of intake and boarding, and avoids the delays and additional stress on the pet from sitting alone in a kennel waiting for its owner.
Therefore, the purpose of this revised Act is to save pets’ lives by requiring all dog and cat owners to microchip their pets. The HHS in the past has kept a microchip registry. That is going to change with this new legislation. HHS is recommending that veterinarians help pet owners register their information with the microchip manufacturer or with a free online database like FoundAnimals.org. Pet owners who have microchips implanted by your clinic also have a legal obligation to register their contact information with an online registry within 30 days of microchipping.
Not a legal requirement, but HHS urges pet owners who frequently travel, particularly if they not have email or cell phone access, to list their pet sitter or veterinarian as a secondary contact on their microchip registration in the event their animal gets lost while they are away.
For cheap microchipping, check out the Hawaiian Humane Society or your local vet today!