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    Oh that sucks. Plaster the Neighbourhood with flyers. I got my cat back that way. A friend of the family that had decided to keep our boy saw my flyers and informed me where he was. ****ty family they were.

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    I can't see why someone wouldn't get thier dog chipped, I have mine chipped and will always have it done, but in saying that, I do agree with nochip that it should be the owners choice.

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    No support from me. Can't believe it's not a law already.

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    We have a great scanner now that picks up chips really easily. Our old one you had to be used really careful and slow for it to pick up chips. I could see why that annoyed people when we didn't find the chip. I do think there needs to be some education for the general public though on how they work and the importance of keeping information current. I have a lot of people think we have a tracking system where we can see where their animal is, or people find animals and assume that they have no owner cos they have no collar, so don't advise anyone. I have found owners that way by a finder deciding to keep the animal and getting it vet checked where we find the chip.

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    I have worked at a shelter and seen dogs come in as "stray" and then been reunited with the owners very quickly because they had a microchip. I also turned in a gorgeous great dane puppy about 8 months ago who was picked up same day from the vets because it was chipped. Absolutely worth while and I would NEVER have any animal unchipped.

    Kimba I am very sorry to hear your dog is lost! I am sure you have tried all the local shelters etc?? As someone else suggested do up flyers and put in mailboxes, on light posts etc. Hope he/she comes home soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbastaff View Post
    I am so hoping for that happy ending Wasabi
    Hope you find them.


    I had a dog stolen when I was a kid. There was no microchipping back then, if there was we may have been able to get him back.

    Personally I'm for it. You never stop wondering what happened to them when they disappear & I'm all for anything that catches out irresponsible owners.

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    Is Mr. B yours Kimba???? I am on the FB group for him, unfortunately there's not much I can do from here, but if he makes it across Bass Strait you will know about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I do agree all pets should be identifible. But I know that some toy breeders have told me they don't like chipping puppies before 8 weeks due to a sheer size issue. It is a big needle for a little pup - but I would think it possible that the benefits may outweight the negatives.

    All ours are chipped, and I don't know about non-migrating chips as all ours that have been done over the last four years have moved slightly or more than slightly - even in our ferrets!!

    The major problem I've seen with them is a lack ofcommunication between some databases. In the ACT all chips they implant go onto the database run by the Lost Dogs Home which is in Vic, some NSW ones go into a different one, depending on who the local council uses etc etc.

    I've had a friend move from QLD to NSW and not realise that their database is not connected, and the owner's details didn't come up when her dog wandered and was picked up - just the chip number. She wouldn't have made it out of the pound if her owner hadn't gone there personally and found her.
    It is a great system, but is by no means perfect - although it is often touted as such.

    And yes, it is easy to say "I'd rather get my dog back and run a small risk of cancer", and I would tend to agree. But with numbers of chip related cancers on the increase, my opinion on that could change dramatically if it was my dog that succumed and I either lost them or spent thousands trying to save them.
    And that is the by far the biggest failing of the microchip system. How ludicrous that the States do not work side by side on this issue!! I simply cannot fathom why they don't.
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    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
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    I have my dog chipped
    But I think it is a rort.
    They vets buy them in bulk and pay less than $10 for them and then they mark them up several hundred percent.
    I see it as beneficial but being dictated to and told I must do something is wrong.

    How long until they want RFID tags in our kids ?
    Some schools are already doing this now.
    When we all have been chipped we will be free or will we be property ?

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    RFID tags? Please explain.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
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    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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