Microchip FAQs


Monday – Saturday, 9:30am to 4:00pm


Animal Samaritans Clinic provides Microchipping for your companion animals. This simple procedure has been proven to be of tremendous value in the painful event of a lost pet. The procedure is quick and painless. The tiny microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) has an identification number encoded into it and is coated with a bio-compatible material. The microchip fits inside a hypodermic needle and then injected or implanted under the skin of your animal. The procedure is painless, and no anesthesia or sedation is required.

Each chip is encoded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner. All of the Animal Control and Animal Welfare Organizations here in the Coachella Valley have scanners available to them. If your pet is scanned and a microchip is found, the facility will call one or several of the pet recovery database services and you will be contacted by phone.

REMEMBER! The Microchip is only as good as the information available in the database! Youmust keep your address and phone information up to date. If you decide not to register with a national database then you must keep your information current with Animal Samaritans. When your pet is lost and you are not registered with Avid PetTrac they contact Animal Samaritans and we have to be able to provide current information to locate the owner.

We recommend that you list a second or backup contact with Avid PetTrac from another state, or far from your residency in the event of a major disaster.