Previously, different pet identification (ID) information was stored on numerous databases. Now, with the BC Pet Registry, pet owners can store information in one spot. Updating your contact information and pet details is easy when your pet’s microchip, tattoo, and license information is in one spot!
The BC Pet Registry is an initiative of The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA), a Canadian non-profit that has been protecting animals for more than 120 years. The BC SPCA’s mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in BC. Programs such as the BC Pet Registry help us achieve this mission. Visit our website to learn more about the work of the BC SPCA.
Our online database is available around the clock to ensure lost pets can find their way home, even if they are found outside of the normal operating hours of some veterinary clinics and shelters. Our call center and after-hours line is also available to help reunite you with your animal and connect veterinarians or shelters with the owners of a lost pet. You can reach our call center staff at: 1-855-622-7722. Our after hours line is also available to veterinarians and shelters in case of a lost pet emergency. You can reach this line at: 1-866-303-5950.
Yes, you can register your pet’s tattoo instead. While microchips are recommended as the most reliable form of permanent identification (ID), tattoos, when done correctly, are still a very dependable form of ID.
Please note: A licence is not a form of permanent ID. An additional form of ID, such as microchip or tattoo, is always recommended.
Tattoos have been known to fade over time or be hard to read. They are also not an internationally traceable form of ID. Because of these reasons, the BC Pet Registry suggests microchipping as the best form of permanent identification for your pet. Learn more about microchipping!
Yes, updates are free and unlimited to all registered users!
Should your pet ever be lost, your contact information is crucial in reuniting your pet with you and your family. Whenever you move, change your number, or change your email, it is crucial to log-on to your account and update your information.
Yes, your information will be 100% secure. The BC Pet Registry will never sell your information to third parties. Information will only be shared with other organizations for the purpose of contacting you in the case your pet is lost.
Veterinarians, shelters, and animal control agencies across the country can register for a BC Pet Registry Community Account online. Community Account registration is free and allows veterinarians, shelters, and animal control agencies to search the ID of BC Pet Registry users in the case an animal is lost and then found.
If you have further questions about registering your organization, please contact us today.
Registration fees cover the operating costs of the BC Pet Registry. All additional revenue generated goes directly to the life-saving work of the BC SPCA.
A microchip is an electronic chip that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery — it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radio waves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. The microchip itself is also called a transponder.
Please note: A microchip is not a GPS and cannot trace your animal’s location.
We strongly encourage you to do just that! Registration can be done online or by calling our toll-free Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722.
It never hurts to have your pet’s microchip registered in more than one place and will only increase the chances of them being found, so long as your contact information is up-to-date.
Please visit our BC Pet Registry Location Finder to find a veterinarian in your area. The veterinarians listed will also register your pet with the BC Pet Registry at the time of implantation.
Occasionally, the BC SPCA operates microchip clinics in your area. Contact your local BC SPCA branch to see if they are hosting an upcoming microchip clinic in your area!
Yes. Pets can slip a collar, but they cannot slip a microchip. Pets are often lost without their collars and tags, which makes permanent identification (ID) such as a microchip so important!
Absolutely! Cats that are microchipped are 20 times more likely to be returned home with permanent identification. Even indoor cats should be provided with permanent ID, as all it can take is an open window or door for a pet to lose their way.
Prepare your feline friends for the unexpected. Microchip them at your local veterinarian today!
Microchipping is a quick and painless procedure. The microchip is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is very similar to a regular injection.
No surgery or anesthesia is required—a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can often be implanted while they’re still under anesthesia.
The BC Pet Registry, owned and operated by the BC SPCA, is the only provincial pet identification registry in British Columbia. In addition to our own network of 44 facilities across the province, the BC SPCA has partnered with other non SPCA shelters and veterinarians across the province to create the most comprehensive network ever to help stray/lost animals find their way home.
Thank you for adopting a new family member! To access your BC Pet Registry account for the first time, visit our login page and click “Login” under the appropriate account type.
Then, click “Reset Password” and enter your username/email you provided at the point of adoption. You will receive an email prompting you to create a new password. You can log in anytime to update your contact information, update your existing pet’s details, add an additional pet, and more.
Our database is available 24/7 to get lost pets home faster.
If you already have the pet’s microchip number, you can contact our call centre at: 1-855-622-7722 to see if they are already registered with the BC Pet Registry or another registry.
If you do not have your pet’s microchip number, you can take them to your local BC SPCA, shelter, or veterinarian to have them scanned. Record the number for your reference.
Please note: If the pet has been re-homed, a transfer of ownership form may be required. For pets already registered with the BC Pet Registry, please see our Ownership Transfer Form.
Search the area in which your pet was lost: Walk or drive through your neighbourhood several times a day, especially early in the morning and at dusk when it is quieter. Call your pet’s name and try shaking a bag of their favourite treats.
Ask around: Talk to neighbours, store owners, joggers, garbage collectors, mail carriers and others. Ask them to be on the lookout for your pet. Your pet may be nearby but too scared to come out, even for you. Ask neighbours if you can search in nearby bushes, garages or sheds.
Try the power of scent: Place a recently worn piece of clothing or one of your pet’s favourite toys outside. Animals have a keen sense of smell and familiar smells can bring them home. For indoor cats, try placing their litter box outside.
Put up posters: Create an eye-catching “lost pet” poster. You can make one for free when you create an account with the BC SPCA Pet Search. Include a photo, description of the animal, where they were lost and a contact phone number. Post these in as many places as possible near the area in which your pet was lost (grocery and corner stores; local parks; telephone poles, etc.)
Post to social media: Use Facebook or Twitter to circulate photos of your pet. Include details such as the area in which they went missing, the day/time of the incident and your contact information. Encourage your friends to share the photo on their page.
Search online: There are websites dedicated to helping lost and found animals return to their guardians. On sites such as the BC SPCA Pet Search, you can create a free account to post a listing or search Found Pet profiles posted by fellow users. You can also search pets brought in as strays to select BC SPCA locations.BC SPCA Pet Search (search found animals at the BC SPCA, create a free poster and a “lost pet” post)
Missing Pets in BC (search found animals and create a “lost pet” post)
Craigslist (search found animals and create a “lost pet” post)
Petsearchers Canada (pet detective and tracking service)
If your pet’s microchip, tattoo or license is registered with the BC Pet Registry, our provincial ID database, you can update your information online or contact our call centre at 1-855-622-7722. If your pet’s microchip, tattoo or license is registered with a veterinary clinic or municipality, please contact them to make sure your information is up to date.
Often shelters have several animals matching your pet’s description. Visit the shelter every 24 hours rather than calling.
Check BC SPCA shelters: Find out if your local BC SPCA takes in stray animals. All stray animals brought to BC SPCA shelters can be found online using our pet search.
Check animal control (City Pounds): Visit your local city pound or call them to see if an animal matches your pet’s description.
Check veterinary clinics and animal hospitals: If your pet was found injured, they may be at a nearby veterinary clinic or animal hospital.
Continue to search for your pet even if you think there is little hope. Many animals who have been lost for months or years have been reunited with their guardians.
If you think you have found a lost animal, follow these steps to increase the chances of reuniting them with their family.
5 steps to follow when you find a lost/stray pet
Collar and/or ID tag: A collar or tag may have the animal’s home number or address. For dogs, some tags are municipal licenses and may not have the guardian’s contact information. In this case, call the BC SPCA or your local Animal Control who can help track down where the animal lives.
Microchips: Microchips are a reliable form of electronic permanent ID inserted under the animal’s skin. If you do not see a visible form of ID, the animal may have a microchip. You can take the pet to your nearest veterinary clinic, Animal Control agency or BC SPCA shelter to have the animal scanned for a microchip at no charge.
Ear tattoo: If the animal has an ear tattoo, contact the BC Pet Registry, a local veterinary clinic or animal control agency to trace it. If the tattoo is difficult to read, bring the animal to one of the above locations to read it at no charge. Some vet clinics also keep lost and found pet records and posters.
Other tattoos: Some animals may have a breeder tattoo on their abdomen or inside leg. In this case, contact your local BC SPCA location or Animal Control shelter. Often these tattoos are only traceable through the original breeder.
Post to social media: Take a quality photo of the animal and circulate it on your Facebook or Twitter networks with the location in which it was found. Encourage your friends to share the photo on their page.
Search online:There are websites dedicated to helping lost animals return to their guardians. These Canadian sites host searchable lost and found animal postings. On each of these websites, you can also publish a “found pet” post:BC SPCA Pet Search (search lost animal posts and create a free “found pet” post)
Missing Pets in BC (search lost animal posts and create a “found pet” post)
Craigslist (search lost animal posts and create a “found pet” post)
Talk to people in the neighbourhood: Neighbours in the area, especially other pet guardians, may know the pet you found. Talking with people may help you find the guardian without the animal having to go to the shelter. If you found the animal in a yard or in front of a residence, knock on the door of that home and kindly ask if it’s their pet or if they know the guardian.
Create your own eye-catching poster or make one for free with the BC SPCA Pet Search. Include a photo, description of the animal, where it was found, and a contact phone number. Post these in as many places as possible near where the animal was found (grocery and corner stores; local parks; telephone poles).
Report the animal as found. Let them know if you are willing to hold onto the animal until the guardian comes forward. If you’re unable to hold on to the animal, please contact our Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722 for direction on where to take the animal.
If you find the guardian, please remember to contact the groups keeping records and let them know the animal is no longer lost.
Microchipping your pet at a veterinary clinic or hospital can cost anywhere from $25 to $120. After your pet is microchipped, you can register them with the BC Pet Registry’s online database! There are two different pricing options for BC Pet Registry registration:
Annual registration: $12
An Annual registration provides you access to all features for one-year.
Lifetime registration: $45
A Lifetime registration provides you access to the BC Pet Registry account for the lifetime of your animal. No renewals required!
In order to update your information (for example, if you move) you need to be actively registered to BC Pet Registry. If you have an expired Annual account, you will have to renew before making any updates. If you have a Lifetime account, you can access your account at any time.
Revenue generated from the Registry helps cover the operating cost of running the registry and our call centre. Any additional revenue goes directly to fund animal welfare programs and initiatives across the province.
All microchips registered with BC Pet Registry are traceable internationally via the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) universal pet microchip lookup, petmicrochiplookup.org. This partnership means that you can travel with your pet with confidence that you’re protected!
To start the transfer process, login to your account and click “Transfer Pet” on the navigation menu. Follow the prompts. Note that you must have the new owner’s email address to complete this process online.
Alternatively, please download and fill out the BC Pet Registry Transfer form. Both the previous owner and new owner must fill and sign this form in order for a transfer to be completed. Completed forms must be scanned and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the BC Pet Registry does not receive signatures from both parties, the new owner must provide at least one of the following documents as proof of ownership:
– Bill of sale from the previous owner to the new owner that includes the microchip number of the pet
– A letter from a licensed veterinarian (on their letterhead) indicating the microchip number and new owner of the pet
– Adoption agreement for the pet in the new owner’s name
– Previous owner’s death certificate obituary notice if the previous owner is deceased
Clinics can now order microchips along with their other supplies from AVP! Shelters can order microchips from the BC Pet Registry Shop! To get started, please create a Shopify account for your shelter. Once you have activated your account, select the appropriate product collection (veterinarian or shelter) here. Finally, select your BC Pet Registry products and add them to your cart!
Yes! The BC Pet Registry Grant Program provides free microchip registrations to veterinary clinics, hospitals, shelters, and humane societies looking to assist low-income clients and communities. Learn more here.
The BC Pet Registry microchip and microchip scanner products are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship, under normal use and service in accordance with the product specifications for one year (12 months) from the day of shipment. Customer is responsible for the postage to return the product to the BC Pet Registry. The BC Pet Registry will, as its option, exchange or replace the products during the warranty period. The warranty will not apply if the replacement is due to accidents, neglect, abuse, misuse, tampering, or intentional damage. In no event shall the BC Pet Registry be liable for any indirect or consequential damages or loss of profit.
To start the transfer process, please download and fill out the BC Pet Registry Transfer form for Animal Sheltering Agencies. Completed forms must be scanned and sent to: email@example.com. Please note that completed forms are not to be shared with the previous or new owner(s) and is solely for the records of the shelter and the BC Pet Registry.