ID Tags & Microchips

Did you know that one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime?  This is why it’s important to ensure that your pet wears a collar with ID tags and/or is microchipped.  Here at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, we can help with both!

Engraved ID Tags:

Many pets wearing tags never step foot into the shelter because Good Samaritans will often contact the pet’s owner themselves. Also, ID-ing cats is an excellent indicator to people that an indoor/outdoor cat indeed has a home. 

We are happy to offer custom engraved ID tags made right here at YVAS. Tags come in a variety of designs, colors, and fonts—prices start at $10!


A collar ID tag is a great start, but it’s not enough. Collars break, tags fall off, or become hard to read. A microchip will permanently identify your pet if it gets lost or is ever stolen.  In short, microchips are a small device implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades.  As an owner, it is important to make sure that the information linked to your pet’s microchip is kept up to date (new phone numbers, addresses, etc.).  

YVAS offers walk-in microchipping services for $20!  Registration is also included.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are microchips tracking devices?

No, microchips are not GPS trackers.  Instead they are a form of identification for your pet that permanently stays with them. 

What kinds of microchips do you use?

At YVAS we use AKC Reunite microchips.  There are several other microchip companies on the market such as HomeAgain, AVID, 24PetWatch, Banfield, etc.  

I know my pet is chipped, but I dont know if or how to register it?

Even if your animal was not chipped by YVAS, we can help!  We will use one of our universal scanners to read your pet’s chip number.  From there we can give you contact information for your pet’s chip company and get it registered in your name. 

Does my pet have to be anesthetized?

No – microchips are inserted via needle as many routine vaccinations.  Most pets don’t even notice the poke!


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