FAQs for AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool
Why was this tool created?
Combined with a collar and current name tag, a microchip increases the likelihood
of a lost pet being safely reunited with its owner. However, even with a microchip
scanner, identifying the correct pet recovery registry to contact can be challenging
because microchip manufacturers and pet recovery services use different microchip
technology and databases.
To alleviate the guesswork for veterinary hospitals, animal control facilities and
shelter staff members, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) created the
AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. The tool is possible through an unprecedented
collaboration between the participating microchipping
and pet recovery companies. Although the launch of this tool represents
a ground-breaking achievement for those working to reunite lost pets with their
owners, AAHA acknowledges that the tool is a work in progress and will periodically
review its functionality.
How does it work?
AAHA provides an internet-based application that enables veterinarians, humane organizations,
pet owners or other persons to search various
Pet Recovery Service registries and identify those registries on which a
particular microchip is registered. AAHA is not affiliated or involved with any
specific microchip registry and has no relationship, financial or otherwise, with
this Participating Pet Recovery Service
Registry (“Registry”). This Registry has given AAHA permission to search the Registry’s
database in order to assist pet owners in being reunited with their pets. AAHA does
not maintain a database of microchips of its own. It only links to registries such
as this one. The AAHA Universal Microchip Lookup Tool only searches the databases
of companies that elect to participate in the program.
The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool works by checking the databases of
the Participating Pet Recovery Service
registries to determine which has registration information available for a microchip.
Once a microchip identification number is entered into the tool, a list of all the
registries with microchip registration information available, along with the registries’
contact information, appears in chronological order with the registry with the most
recent update appearing first. If the microchip has not been registered with any
Pet Recovery Service Registry, the result
returned will default to the microchip’s manufacturer or distributor. While the
tool will not return the pet owner information contained in the registries’ databases,
it will identify which registries should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned
and a microchip is found.
If I am a pet owner and don’t see my pet’s microchip information, whom should I
Since the tool works by checking the databases of
participating pet recovery services to determine which has registration
information available for a microchip, pet owners should contact their pet recovery
service. The American Animal Hospital Association will be unable to assist pet owners
with their microchip registration and/or problems.
Why doesn’t the tool show the pet owner’s information?
To protect the privacy of pet owners, the tool will display all the registries with
microchip registration information available, along with the registries’ contact
information. The information will appear in chronological order; the registry with
the most recent update appears first. Additionally, the pet recovery services have
trained experts, resources and infrastructure to efficiently and effectively contact
the owners of lost pet.
Which countries does this tool serve?
Microchip technology and regulations can vary by countries. The AAHA Universal Pet
Microchip Lookup Tool was created to primarily serve chips distributed in the United
Can I link this tool to my site?
The tool has been unanimously endorsed by the Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families.
Members of the coalition include: AAHA, American Humane Association (AHA), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(ASPCA), American Society of Veterinary
Medical Association Executives (ASVMAE), AVMA, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS),
and the Society of Animal Welfare
AAHA and the Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families encourage all veterinary
practices, shelters and animal control facilities to bookmark or link to
www.petmicrochiplookup.org, and use it every time a lost pet is scanned.
To download the tool’s logo to accompany a web link, please right-click the
image to the right and select "save picture as". Or download the full Pet Microchip Lookup logo pack here.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a Participating Pet Recovery Service Registry, please refer
to your Letter of Agreement for proper use of the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) acknowledges that this tool is a
work in progress. AAHA encourages veterinary hospitals, animal control facilities
and shelter staff members to leave their feedback regarding how we can improve this
tool’s functionality. Your ideas and suggestions can be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that AAHA is unable to provide support
to pet owners with their pet’s microchip registration and/or issues. Please contact
the pet recovery service for assistance.