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Vaccination and Microchip Clinic: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm at Valley Oak SPCA Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic, 9405 W. Goshen Ave, Visalia 93291.  No appointment required for vaccinations or microchips. All cats in carriers (one per carrier) all dogs on leashes. Phone: 741-1121.

Microchips are small transponders about the size of a grain of rice. They are injected under the skin between the shoulder blades and are a permanent form of identification for your pet that can provide a free ticket home in the event your pet is lost or stolen. Valley Oak SPCA offers low-cost microchips to our community in an effort to reduce the number of lost pets coming in to shelters. The $35 fee includes a lifetime registration for your pet. Please bring additional names, phone numbers, etc. as alternative contacts for your lost pet, in the event you are not available when your pet is found.

Every pet adopted from Valley Oak SPCA receives a microchip.

Microchipping can be done at Valley Oak SPCA Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic, 9405 W. Goshen Ave, Visalia, 741-1121 and Valley Oak SPCA Adoption Center, 29010 Hwy 99, Visalia, 651-1111.

Can your lost pet find it’s way back home? It is important that all your pets have current identification at all times and that you keep your contact information up-to-date with your microchip company.

What is a Microchip?

Q. What is a microchip?
A. A microchip is a small computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique identification number that is tied to your information. A microchip can never be misplaced or lost.

Q. Why should I microchip my pet?
A. A microchip is a permanent form of identification that can never be lost, altered, or destroyed. Valley Oak SPCA has successfully reunited pets who traveled hundreds of miles away. A pet can slip out of a collar but they can never slip out of a microchip.

Q. How is a microchip implanted?
A. Microchips are inserted with a needle, beneath the skin, between the pet’s shoulder blades. Many animals do not even feel the needle and react similarly to how they react to a vaccination.

Q. How does a microchip work?
A. Valley Oak SPCA scans every animal that arrives at our shelter. Special scanners are used to pick up a signal from the chip. The pet’s ID number is displayed on the scanner. It is important to always update your contact information with the microchip company if you move or change phone numbers.

Q. Can you track my animal’s whereabouts with a microchip?
A. No. Microchips must be read with scanners. All shelters, animal control officers, and veterinarians scan for microchips when they find lost strays.

Q. How long do microchips last?
A. Microchips are designed to last at least twenty-five years and are guaranteed for the life of your pet. Microchips have no battery, power supply, or moving parts.

Q. How do I update my information?
A. You will be given information on how to register your microchip after you adopt or have your pet microchipped. Don’t forget to update your information whenever you move or change your phone number. If you have lost your paperwork, Valley Oak SPCA or your vet’s office or local shelter can scan your pet’s microchip for free and give you the contact number to change your information.

Thousands of lost or stolen pets are reunited with their families every year because of implanted microchips. Valley Oak SPCA strongly advocates the vital importance of microchips in saving the lives of our companion animals.