Your pet needs a form of ID that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen or damaged. Even if your pet wears a collar and ID tag, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable. A microchip is a safe, simple form of ID that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner must register the microchip.