Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the World Pet Register service
1. Rehoming lost pets. The chip in your pet will enable vets and rescue organizations to trace you, the owner.
2. International travel: many countries require microchips for pets entering the country. Chip numbers may have to correspond to laboratory and health reports to allow international travel. Governments use microchipping technology to help control the stray pet population.
WPR is operating one Internet database for all chip types and is not tied to any one manufacturer. Authorised animal rescue centers, government organisations and veterinarians can access the database free of charge to identify found pets or pets entering a country.
We strongly recommend chips with the newer 15 digit number code. Major chip manufacturers are moving towards this as the universal standard although other types may be available in your area. We are encouraging use of universal scanners in animal facilities to cope with the numerous number formats currently possible, but the 15 digit numeric code is likely to be the most useful in future.
If your pet is likely to travel outside the zone where your area’s search database is used or your area’s search database is not enabled for your pet’s chip type, then World Pet Registration would be sensible.
With a microchip system:
- A quick scan reveals the chip number.
- The number is used to search the database
- The owner’s contact numbers are found.
- WPR is universal and allows registration of all chip types. Manufacturers’ databases confine themselves to one chip type and are not used universally.
- WPR aims to have one registration / subscription process. Manufacturers may register their own chips on their own in-house systems and the price for doing this may be built into the cost of the chip. The pet is then also registered with the purchaser of the chip e.g. your local vet who must maintain a database of their own. Additional fees are often charged to register the new pet owner details in the company’s in-house system. A different system in another area would not necessarily be compatible so repeat registration on another local database may be required. WPR aims to be accessible and useful to all pet owners, whatever chip type they use. Animal rescue facilities, vets and government organizations worldwide can access the system free of charge, regardless of which chip type they use internally or where the animal came from.
- WPR has no interest in promoting one chip type over another. WPR does recommend the newer 15 digit numeric code for all new chip insertions but any of the major brands can be used in the pet and then registered with WPR
- Once registered WPR allows pet owners access to their data at any time. Details can be changed free of charge as often as required. Manufacturers’ in-house systems often charge you for the privilege of changing your data, even if you have paid your subscription. The WPR database is designed for widespread national and international use with ability to change data as often as required at no further charge. This might be useful if moving house, going on holiday or leaving your pet with someone else for a while.
The more animals chipped, the more effective the system. WPR may be able to negotiate special rates for microchips or scanners for rescue facilities so you can start microchipping more animals in your area. WPR also makes donations to registered animal facilities for every pet chipped and registered through them.