At the Humane Society of Tampa Bay we microchip all of our adoptable animals. We believe that people and pets belong together and we want to ensure that we keep it that way! Please read this blog to learn more about microchips and to ensure that your pet’s microchip is set up properly.
  • A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted beneath your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades
  • It contains a unique number used to identify animals when scanned by a shelter or vet. The number is then used to find the owner’s contact information in a registry.

A microchip contains a number unique to your pet and is used as an identifier when scanned by a shelter or vet.


It is important to register and store your contact information in a registry (database) and keep it up to date so you can be contacted should your pet be lost and then found.

Microchips are useless until they’re registered in a database, where important contact information is stored should your pet ever go missing.


Regardless of your chip’s frequency or where you got it, you can register with Michelson Found Animals Registry. Many registries claim to be free, and often end up charging for updates and transfers. This not for profit organization will never charge fees – ever.