Make an Appointment to Microchip Your Pet
To schedule an appointment to microchip your pet at the Hawaiian Humane Society, click the button below to proceed to Hawaiian Humane’s online appointment portal.
The fee to microchip an animal at Hawaiian Humane is $20.
Pet microchip identification is safe, effective, low-cost and required by law. In 2020, the City & County of Honolulu replaced the dog licensing system with rules requiring that all pet dogs 3 months and older and cats 4 months and older must have microchip identification. Unlike a license tag, a microchip cannot be lost. Once implanted, it is permanent. Only the owner information attached to it has to be updated if you move, change your phone or email address, or rehome your pet.
To be effective at getting your pet home, you must register your owner information with the company that manufactured their pet’s microchip or a free online database such as 24PetWatch or Found Animals.
Visible identification, via a tag or collar with the owner’s phone number, is also strongly recommended for dogs. Cats six months or older who are allowed outdoors are required by law to wear a collar with an identification tag. ID tag or collars allow Good Samaritans to help pets get back home immediately.
While the City & County of Honolulu is no longer selling dog licenses, pet owners with current licenses may get replacement tags or update their contact information online.
“What is microchip identification?”
Microchips used for pet identification are about the size of a grain of rice. In a procedure similar to a vaccination, the microchip is injected just under the skin between the shoulder blades and lasts for life. Each microchip contains a unique number. Pet owners must register their contact information with the company that manufactured their pet’s microchip or with a free online database such as 24PetWatch or Found Animals.
“Where do I get my pet microchipped?”
Microchipping is available at veterinary clinics and many animal welfare nonprofit organizations, including the Hawaiian Humane Society.
“Who made my pet’s microchip?”
If you have your pet’s microchip number, but you’re not sure what company manufactured the chip, visit the pet microchip look-up website, provided by the American Animal Hospital Association.
“What is my pet’s microchip number?”
If you do not know your pet’s microchip number, your pet can be scanned for that information at any veterinary clinic or animal welfare nonprofit.
“Can I add an alternate contact to my microchip registration when I travel?”
We highly recommend that pet owners add their pet sitters, veterinarians and/or another trusted contact to their pet’s microchip registration in the event that the owner cannot be reached when a pet gets lost.
“How do I transfer ownership of my pet?”
Please contact your microchip company to inquire about transfers of ownership. Common manufacturers include AVID (1-800-336-2843), HomeAgain (1-888-466-3242), Found Animals (1-855-738-5465) and 24PetWatch (1-866-597-2424).