Change Ownership of a Microchip

Transferring Ownership of a Pet: Microchip and License

As a microchip company, we understand the importance of keeping your pet safe. It’s our #1 priority. However, with microchips, many questions are surrounding them. It is why we have created several blogs highlighting the importance of microchipping your pet. 

But, what if you need to transfer the ownership of your pet and change the microchip’s information. Here we highlight what you need to know if you are planning on giving your dog to a family member or friend. 

1. Find Out Where You Registered Your Pet’s Microchip

It’s important to look for where you registered your pet’s microchip. Depending on the site, there are various ways to transfer ownership. At MyPetsChip, you can easily change your pet’s information by signing into the portal. From here, you can switch the owner’s information. After you do this, the new owner’s information will take the place of your old information.

It’s quite simple, but please remember, this step will only transfer the information from the microchip. Contact us at 1-877-697-3872 to learn more about what you need to do to transfer your ownership. This step will not transfer complete ownership of the pet. 

2. How Do I Transfer Complete Ownership of My Pet?

To do this, it is necessary for you first to get in touch with the pet’s veterinarian. To transfer a license, you need to first find the official form. Depending on the state or county, the license form may vary. Check with a vet first to find out all the information needed. After going through this process, your pet’s ownership will transfer to the new prospective owner. 

3. Are There Any Stipulations For the New Owner?

Some owners expect a contract to make sure their pets are taken care of to the best of the new owner’s ability. If you are one of these owners, it’s best to create an agreement between you and the new owner. Specify what you want for your pet. Do you want the owner to agree to take them for a walk every day?

Do you need the new owner to provide certain medications or care? Think about what your pet needs before handing them to a new owner. However, laws vary state by state so make sure to contact the appropriate body in your state to find out everything your dog needs. 

An Example of A Dog Transfer Ownership form Via WonderPuppy


Keep Everything Safe to Make Sure Your Dog’s Transfer is Successful

If you are switching the ownership of your pet, it’s best to make sure everything is legal according to your state. Some states consider pet ownership personal property, so it’s imperative to remember to make sure all the correct forms are signed, so you are no longer responsible for the pet. Other than that, as long as you are informed, everything should go smoothly. If you have any more questions, contact us at [email protected].

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The History of the Pet Microchip

A lot of us ask questions about pet microchips but one question we sometimes do not ask is how was the first microchip developed. Despite microchips not setting out at first specifically to cater to the needs of pets, they later became one of the best methods to reunite pets with their families. Here we share the history of pet microchips and how they became what they are today.

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The Origins of the Microchip

Many people argue that the origins of the microchip were first created in the Texas Instruments Labs. The development of the microchip began when Texas Instruments hired Jack Kilby in 1958. Kilby worked alone all summer attempting to make an integrated circuit into a chip prototype. Despite the government and private sectors contributing to the development of the microchip, Japanese companies were already placing millions of dollars into development so the U.S. was left in the dust.

However, the inventor of Intel, Robert Noyce created the first modern microchip we use today in our laptops and desktops. Therefore, many minds went into the invention of the microchip as various people refined and reinvented it.

Even the government became involved with a microchip in the 1970s as part of DARPA (Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency). So, many people contributed to the technology we have today.

Okay, what about the Pet Microchip?

The Microchip for pets was introduced in 1986, and it slowly grew to popularity thanks to education and activism. In the 1990s, The Microchip Trade Association set out to place stricter regulations on microchips. This organization advocates for laws to be set in place so microchips are mandatory for pets. In 2016, in the UK, a law was created to mandate that all dogs needed microchips.

In the US, mandatory microchipping is not yet required, but it may be a possibility in the future.

In 1996, the ISO standards for microchips were developed. This standard allows for all microchips to be compatible with the same scanner. This is helpful because it is easier to scan for a microchip if all of them are the same.

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Myths about the Pet Microchip

Some blogs have cited a study done in the 1990s on rats with microchips to convince people that microchips can cause cancer. However, after further scientific investigation, no correlation was found between cancer and microchip implantation on animals. It is why the (FDA) approved the use of microchips in animals and humans.

Microchips Today

Despite microchips being a great tool to reunite pets and families, only 6 out of 10 people have taken the correct steps to register their microchips. Statistics prove that pets are twice as likely to be returned to their owner if they wear a microchip, yet people still are not registering their microchip correctly. It is why we set out to educate the population on the benefits of microchips. A pet can get lost at any time, and it is why microchips are a must-have.

A Walk Through Microchip History

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We hope you enjoyed the short history lesson on microchips and how they were developed. As you can see, technology continues to improve and with the advancement of technology, we are always working to innovate when it comes to microchips and our memberships. Our goal is to reunite families with their pets, and if you are interested in learning how you can make sure your pet is returned, click here to learn more about our services.