We do not microchip birds, tortoises nor goats. The same goes for hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, etc. These are best left to very small animal specialists (in the case of birds, a AVIAN specialist, to be precise).
All pets should wear collar tags imprinted with their name, and the phone number of the owner, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. With cats, we know that collars are most often not possible.
"[Governor Jerry] Brown vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state to require animal control agencies, shelters and rescues to implant a microchip in every dog and cat before releasing, selling or giving away the pet.
The bill had the support of the Senate and Assembly and appropriations committees for both, but the state Department of Finance opposed it. Senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, said he believes savings would have outweighed any costs.
California taxpayers pay about $300 million every year to impound a million dogs and cats, house them for a while then kill half of them, Lieu said.
He estimated the bill would have saved the state millions because it would have eliminated the need to house and kill lost and unclaimed pets."
Excerpts By SUEMANNING Associated Press; Posted: 10/10/2011 02:00:13 PM PDT
Effectively, this veto just sentenced hundreds of thousands of pets to death. Without a microchip, will your pet be destined for euthanasia because his identity could not be determined?
We do NOT report microchipping information to any Local, City, or State-run facilities. This remains the pet owner’s choice and is not required by any law. ALL your personal information is kept completely confidential, excepting standard pet information in the pet recovery registry (The American Kennel Club Reunite program).
Having a microchip gives your pet the best protection and greatest chance of returning home if he becomes lost or is stolen. 40% of all owners who already have their pets chipped, do NOT register the pet in an animal recovery program. By not registering/enrolling your pet's unique number you have effectively rendered the chip useless. The pet’s microchip must be registered to give the animal the best protection. Mobile Pet Microchipping immediately registers your pet, and provides updates at NO extra charge. We register your pet for you as part of the service.