Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Beautiful Pacific NW
Well that's just it - if the rescue BUYS the chip, the company will contact that rescue should no owner be able to be located - we don't keep our rescue name on the chip, but by default we are are shown as the purchaser of the chip.
It works just as well that way...not sure if people are aware of the difference though.
How the chip works:
1) We purchase microchip in a "lot" of 25 chips directly from the company, in our case, 24petwatch chips.
2)We register the chip TO the new owner when the dog is adopted. They are responsible for updating their info should they move or get a new phone number. THEIR info is the only info on the chip.
3) However, OUR info is on there as the organization that bought the chip. If we used vet clinic chips, the vet clinic that purchased the chip is shown as the purchaser, not us. Therefore it's preferable to us, to be shown as the agency/org. purchasing the chip.
4) if the dog is lost and scanned, and the owner's INFO is up to date, then the owner will be contacted.
5) if the owners INFO is not up to date, they'll contact us, as the purchaser of the lot of chips that chip came in. They'll ask if we have a record of who adopted the dog. Yes we do, in house and on the internet database in which we originally registered the chip.
6) IF we have a legal dispute - for instance, we had a family who wanted to rehome a Beagle but we told them they were not allowed to do that and they'd need to bring the dog back here - so they didn't do either. However, they'd violated their agreement in a few different ways, and we suspected they were going to give the dog to someone else, so we put a "flag" on the chip that the pet had been stolen (which is the only way a "flag" will stick) and was not to be registered to anyone else. That is, if the people did give the dog away, and the new owner tried to register, we'd be notified.
Anyway it turned out that the dog got loose one day and someone found him and took him to the vet to scan him. The vet scanned and called and we were notified, whereupon we reclaimed the dog and got him back into rescue and into a new home.
So to us, it's an advantage to show on there as the purchaser of the chip. We don't need to remain on the chip as owner or co-owner of the dog, because either way, we'll be contacted.