A microchip system has two parts: a microchip and a scanner that reads it.   

When the scanner is turned on, a radio wave signal is sent to the implanted chip. The chip sends it's number back to the scanner where you can easily read it in the viewing window.

The interaction between chip and scanner takes less than a second, allowing you to identify animals on demand.

Every two seconds a family pet is lost.

Tragically, most never make it back home because their owners didn't identify them. Identifying your pet is vital. With AVID®, your pet can't leave home without his identification. If your lost pet is found by a participating shelter, they'll check him for a microchip with a special scanner.

When the shelter finds the chip number, they call AVID's 24-hour hotline at 800-336-2843. After a quick search of the PETtrac database, you, your veterinarian, or your alternate is contacted, and your pet comes home! Scanners are provided free of charge to any shelter that requests one.

The AVID® chip is so tiny that it fits through a hypodermic needle. Just like a vaccination, it's injected under the skin of your pet where it remains safely for life. This inexpensive procedure can be done anytime and, best of all, protect virtually any pet you love. Everywhere your pet goes, the AVID® Chip is there. Real protection that can't fade or fall off.

For more information, click here to go to AVID's website.