Microchips are a very helpful tool that is used today to reconnect lost pets and their owners. The microchips are often inexpensive and cause no harm to the dogs and most places highly recommend getting your dog micro-chipped as soon as you adopt or purchase.
In New England a microchip is no longer a choice. A new bill has recently passed that will require all dog owners to have their pet fitted with a microchip before 2016. According to the Environment Department in England, nearly 60% of their 8 million dogs already have microchips. Refusal or procrastination in getting this done will cost New England dog owners nearly $500 if caught.
This is not a new movement however. An earlier bill required horse owners to have their horses micro-chipped by 2009. Although they will continue to remain optional for cats, it is still a good option to get a microchip placed in every animal you have.