Pet Owners

Protect Your Pets for Life - for Free!

Information for Pet Owners & Rescue Groups

The Found Animals Microchip Registry is a free, nonprofit service dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families. By registering your pet's microchip number in the Found Animals Microchip Registry, if your pet is ever lost and picked up by a humane organization or individual, you will be contacted via phone, email, and text with information on where your pet can be found.


How do I get started with the Found Animals Microchip Registry?

  1. Create a Free Account at the Found Animals Microchip Registry.

  2. Enter your information – be sure you have your pet's microchip number.

  3. CONGRATULATIONS! Your pet is protected with the Found Animals Microchip Registry!

How much does the Found Animals Microchip Registry cost?

There is no cost to use The Found Animals Microchip Registry. You can register any brand of microchip, add pets, and update your information for free online 24/7.

Which brands of microchip can I register with Found Animals?

The Found Animals Microchip Registry accepts all brands and frequencies of microchip.

Why does Found Animals require a valid microchip number?

When your pet is found by a humane organization or an individual, a universal scanner is used to detect your pet's microchip number. This number links to your contact information in an online registry that allows the organization or individual to contact you. The microchip itself does not store your contact information.

How do I find my pet's microchip number?

If you do not know your pet's microchip number, or if you are unsure of whether your pet has a microchip, your veterinarian or local shelter can help. Call ahead to confirm that the organization has a universal scanner (a microchip scanner that reads all microchip frequencies) and is willing to scan your pet. Once you have your pet's microchip number, keep this information in your pet's records.

The veterinarian couldn't find my pet's microchip, but I know my pet is microchipped. Do I need a new microchip?

Not necessarily. Some scanners do not read every type of microchip. Be sure your veterinarian is using a universal scanner that reads all three microchip frequencies. Found Animals offers low-cost universal scanners to veterinarians and humane organizations; please have your veterinarian contact us for more information.

I want to get my pet microchipped. Where should I go?

Many shelters, clinics, and veterinarians offer microchipping. Prices vary by location and some will microchip for free when you have your pet spayed or neutered.

I tried to register a microchip, but it says that it is already registered. It is not in my account. What do I do?

Found Animals partners with humane organizations to help register pets at the time of adoption or microchipping. It is possible that your microchip is currently registered to a previous owner or rescue group, or even to you. If you receive a message that your pet is already registered, please contact us so that we can assist you.

Why should I add an emergency or veterinary contact?

Adding emergency and veterinary contacts gives your lost pet an even better chance of making it home. If the humane organization that found your lost pet is unable to contact you, Found Pet Alerts will also be sent to your emergency contact and veterinarian.

Can I add a photo of my pet?

Yes! We highly recommend that you add a current picture of your pet. To upload a photo, visit "My Pets" and click "Pet Profile" or the pet's icon. Scroll down and click "Choose File" next to "Pet Photo." Click "Submit" to save.

My pet has special medical/dietary needs. Can I add this information in the microchip registry?

Yes. To add your pet's medical history, allergies, dietary needs, and behavioral traits, log in and visit "My Pets." Click "Medical Information" under your pet's icon and add any details that you want visible to humane organizations if your lost pet is found. Click "Submit" to save.

What if my pet has multiple microchips?

If your pet has multiple microchips, we recommend registering each microchip separately by clicking "Add Another Pet" in "My Pets." If your pet is lost, it is possible only one microchip would be detected, so it is important to keep each microchip registered and updated.

What happens if I forget my password?

To retrieve a forgotten password, click Forgot Password ? on the homepage. Enter the primary email associated with your profile and click "Submit." You will receive a link at the email address you supplied which will allow you to re-set your password.

I finished registering my pet, now what?

Once you register your pet, you can update your information, add emergency and vet contacts, and register additional pets for free online 24/7. Be sure to keep your profile updated as this information will be used by humane organizations if your lost pet is found.

How do I register additional pets?

  1. Log in as a "Pet Owner/Rescue Group" at the Found Animals Microchip Registry.

  2. Click "My Pets".

  3. Click "Add Another Pet".

  4. Enter the new pet's information – be sure to have your pet's microchip number.

How many pets can I register in the Found Animals Microchip Registry?

There is no limit to how many pets you may register.

How do I transfer a pet to a new owner?

  1. Log in as a "Pet Owner/Rescue Group" at the Found Animals Microchip Registry.

  2. Click "My Pets".

  3. Click "Transfer Ownership" underneath the pet you would like to transfer.

  4. Enter the new owner's name and email address and indicate whether you would like to remain as the emergency contact.

What happens when I transfer the pet?

After you start the transfer, the new owner will receive an email with a link to accept the pet. You will be alerted when the transfer is accepted. If the transfer is not accepted, the pet will remain safely in your account.

The registry is free? Will you charge the new owner when I transfer a pet?

The Found Animals Microchip Registry is an online microchip registry that will always be free for all users – pet owners, rescue groups, shelters, clinics, veterinarians, and humane organizations. You can transfer and add pets, update information, and make any changes to your account for free online 24/7.

Why did I receive an email about my pet being registered with Found Animals?

Found Animals partners with humane organizations to register microchipped pets at the time of adoption. If you received an email from us, follow the instructions to verify your account and complete your pet's registration in the free Found Animals Microchip Registry.

Why are there pets in my account that I did not add?

Found Animals partners with humane organizations to register microchipped pets at the time of adoption, so your pets may already show up in "My Pets" when you log in. If pets are missing from your profile, follow the instructions above to register additional pets. If there are pets in your profile that are not yours, you can remove them by clicking "Remove Pet" under the pet icon.

My pet is registered in another microchip registry. Can I still register with Found Animals?

Absolutely. Registering in the Found Animals Microchip Registry is free and provides an added safety net for your pet.

My pet is lost, what should I do?

If your pet is lost, check that your information in the Found Animals Microchip Registry is updated. This information will be used to contact you if your pet is found, so be sure to keep your phone numbers, email and mailing address current. You can also create a Lost Pet Alert by going to "My Pets" and clicking "My Pet is Lost" under the pet icon.

What happens when someone finds my lost pet?

When a humane organization or individual finds your lost pet and uses the Found Animals Microchip Registry, a Found Pet Alert is created. This Found Pet Alert will automatically call, text, and email you with information on how to pick up your pet. The Found Pet Alerts will continue for up to four days or until the alert is turned off by either you or the person that found your pet.

How often should I update my contact information?

It is important to update your information in the Found Animals Microchip Registry anytime you move or when you change your phone number or email address. If your information is not current, we will not be able to contact you with information on your lost pet.

How do I update my contact information in the Found Animals Microchip Registry?

  1. Log in as a "Pet Owner/Rescue Group" at the Found Animals Microchip Registry.

  2. Click "My Profile".

  3. Click "Edit" under the information you would like to update.

  4. Click "Submit" to save your changes.

What else can I do to find my lost pet?

Local outreach is another way to help your lost pet get home. Distribute flyers with pictures of your pet to shelters, veterinarians and rescue groups in your area, or post them on community billboards around your neighborhood. Be sure to include your contact information, a description of your missing pet with a clear, recent photo, and any details that will help identify your pet. Visit shelters and animal care facilities near you; your pet may already be there waiting for you.

What should I do if I find a lost pet?

If you find a lost pet without pet ID tags, take it to a nearby shelter, veterinarian or humane organization to determine if the pet has a microchip. If a microchip number is found, follow these steps:

  1. Enter the microchip number and click Search for a Microchip on the Found Animals Microchip Registry.

  2. Complete the form with your contact information and where the pet can be found.

  3. If the pet's microchip is not yet registered in the Found Animals Microchip Registry, visit AAHA's microchip lookup for further information on how to contact the owner.

What is "My Messages" for?

"My Messages" is used to send you important information about your pet's registration. If your lost pet is found, details on the pet's whereabouts will be sent to "My Messages" in addition to the phone and email address on file. "My Messages" cannot be used to send or receive emails.

Where can I purchase pet ID tags?

The Found Animals Microchip Registry does not currently offer pet ID tags; however, if you are in the Los Angeles area, Adopt & Shop can create customized pet ID tags for you. Additionally, most pet supply stores and online retailers offer customized ID tags.

What information should be on my Pet ID tag?

Be sure to include your phone number, as well your pet's license and microchip numbers.

I volunteer with a rescue group. Can the Found Animals Microchip Registry be used for rescue pets?

Yes! The Found Animals Microchip Registry is an excellent tool for rescue groups and other nonprofit organizations. Your group can create a free "Pet Owner/Rescue Group" profile and immediately start registering pets. There is no limit to the number of pets in your account, and you can make unlimited changes for free online 24/7.

My rescue group wants to remain as the primary contact for this pet. Can I add the new adopter as an emergency contact instead of transferring the pet?

Found Animals Microchip Registry has a special feature just for rescue groups like you! When you transfer the pet, you have the option to remain as the Emergency Contact, but you also have the option to stay on the pet's record as a Permanent Rescue Contact. This way, if the pet is lost, both you and the new adopter will be notified and will receive information on where to pick up the pet. Please contact us for more information on this special program.

Have more questions? Please feel free to contact Found Animals Microchip Registry.

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