PET ID

Microchipping

Pets can slip a collar, but they can’t slip a microchip!

Imagine a world where every lost pet finds its way back home. That’s the peace of mind microchipping offers. At BC Pet Registry, we believe in keeping your furry family members safe and connected to you, no matter what.

When it comes to ensuring your pet’s safety, nothing beats the reliability of a registered microchip. Think of it as a permanent guardian angel for your furry friend. 🐾

Just about the size of a grain of rice, a microchip is a tiny yet powerful form of permanent ID. It’s a one-time procedure that offers your pet a lifetime of protection. Each microchip is unique, carrying an ID number that’s exclusively assigned to your pet, like a special code that says, ‘I belong.’

Once your pet’s microchip is registered with the BC Pet Registry, it becomes a key to their identity and your peace of mind. Anywhere in the province, if your adventurous companion ever strays, participating veterinarians and animal shelters can scan their microchip. This scan reveals their identity and leads them back to you, their loving guardian. It’s our way of ensuring that no matter where they wander, they always have a way back home to you.

When registered, a microchip is one of the most reliable forms of permanent identification (ID) for pets.

A microchip is a form of permanent ID that identifies your pet should they become lost. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and provides your pet with lifetime protection. Each microchip has a unique ID number assigned only to your pet.

Once recorded in the BC Pet Registry, your pet’s microchip can be scanned by participating veterinarians and animal shelters anywhere in the province to verify their identity and guardian.

Provincial Tattoo Identification

Why should I register my pet’s tattoo?

1 | Effortless Tracing of Your Pet’s Tattoo

Registering your pet's tattoo transforms it into a beacon of hope, easily traceable by BC Pet Registry clinics and shelters throughout the country.

Tattoos are usually linked to the veterinary office where your pet received them. But what if that office is closed, or worse, no longer in operation? Without registration, tracing your pet's tattoo could be like finding a needle in a haystack. By registering with us, you ensure that your pet's tattoo information is securely stored and readily accessible, no matter the circumstances. it's a lifeline that connects your pet back to you, ensuring they're never truly lost.

1 | Your pet’s tattoo becomes easily traceable.

By registering, your pet’s tattoo information is available to BC Pet Registry clinics and shelters across the country! Typically, tattoos are registered to the veterinary office your pet received the tattoo. If this office is closed for the day, or the clinic is no longer operational, it can be impossible to trace your animal’s tattoo.

2 | Secure Storage in Our Centralized Online Database

Gone are the days of relying solely on paper logs at veterinary clinics for your pet's tattoo records. In the past, if a clinic closed its doors, those precious records could be lost forever, leaving pet owners in a bind should their furry friend go missing.

That's where our centralized, online database steps in. By registering your pet's tattoo with us, you're placing their information in a secure, digital vault. Accessible anytime and anywhere, this modern solution ensures that your pet's details are never more than a few clicks away. It's our commitment to you: in the unexpected event your pet wanders off, their path home is clear and secure.

2 | Your pet’s information is saved in our centralized, online database.

Historically, tattoos have been stored on paper logs at veterinary clinics. If a clinic closes, oftentimes these records are lost, making it impossible to reunite a pet owner with their animal.

By adding your pet’s tattoo to our centralized, online database, you can feel comfortable knowing your information is safely stored and easily accessible in the case your animal goes missing.

3 | Round-the-Clock 24/7 Peace of Mind Support

At the BC Pet Registry, we understand that pets are family, and their safety is a 24/7 concern. That's why our online database is always at your service, day and night. Whether it's a tattoo or another form of identification, you can search for your missing pet at any hour. This round-the-clock accessibility significantly increases the chances of a swift and happy reunion.

But our support doesn't end there. Our dedicated call centre and after-hours teams are also on standby, 24/7. They're not just staff; they're fellow pet lovers committed to bringing your cherished companion back into your loving arms. Rest assured, with us, you're never alone in your search for your missing pet.

3 | You’ll have access to 24/7 support.

Our online database is available 24/7 to search a tattoo or other form of identification. This means that missing pets can find their way home that much faster!

The BC Pet Registry call centre and after hours teams are also available 24/7 to help reunite pets with their people!

About the Provincial Tattoo Program

A new chapter in pet safety began on January 1st, 2017, when the BC Pet Registry proudly took over the administration of the Provincial Tattoo Identification Program from the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC). This program, with its roots stretching back to 1987, has been a cornerstone in the mission to identify and reunite lost or missing pets across Canada.

Our Provincial Tattoo Identification Program is more than just a system; it’s a lifeline for lost pets. Veterinarians and shelters across the province are equipped with our comprehensive BC Pet Registry Tattoo Identification Guide. This guide is a crucial tool in tracing and deciphering the unique tattoos of pets, ensuring that no matter where they are found, they have a way to be traced back to their loving homes.

On January 1st, 2017 the BC Pet Registry assumed administration of the Provincial Tattoo Identification Program from the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC). Originally created in 1987, the Tattoo Identification Program continues to help identify lost or missing pets in Canada.

Veterinarians and shelters can use our BC Pet Registry Provincial Tattoo Identification Program Guide below, to trace the pet’s tattoo.

“Go paperless and have all your tattoo codes stored in a centralized online database for easy look-up.”

Registering Tattoos with the BC Pet Registry

For veterinarians, the BC Pet Registry offers a seamless way to safeguard pets through our online permanent pet ID database. Whether it’s a microchip, a tattoo, or a license, registering these forms of identification is a proactive step towards ensuring pets’ safety. With an Industry Account, veterinarians can easily register any form of permanent ID, significantly boosting the chances of reuniting lost pets with their guardians.

While is now commonly referred to as standard practice. It is an layer of security, complementing the traditional paper records that may still be maintained at clinics or hospitals. In the digital age, having this information online means quicker access and more reliable chances of a happy reunion.

Our BC Pet Registry Provincial Tattoo Identification Program document is an invaluable resource for veterinarians and shelters. It provides detailed guidance on tracing a pet’s ear tattoo, making it easier to identify and reunite lost pets with their families.

Veterinarians have the option to register tattoos with the BC Pet Registry’s online permanent pet ID database. Any microchip, tattoo, or license can be registered online with an Industry Account. Registering permanent ID with the BC Pet Registry is highly recommended to provide pets with the best chance of being reunited with their guardians should they become lost.

Please note that this is an optional registration and is not required. Paper records can still be maintained at the clinic or hospital for tattoos.

Veterinarians and shelters can use our BC Pet Registry Provincial Tattoo Identification Program document to trace a pet’s ear tattoo:

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