Whether you travel with your pet or not, it is important to consider the importance of microchipping your pet. Over 80% of pets that are separated from their owners are never reunited. That’s enough to get anyone thinking about this.
Would requiring microchips in pets and owner registration help reduce the number of strays in pet shelters and the cost of boarding and euthanizing them? Certainly, it will increase the number of reunions between pets and their owners. It would also increase accountability in pet owners encouraging them to turn in their pet to a shelter as opposed to abondoning them. When traveling with a pet, microchips are essential to protect your pet should it be lost or separated from you.
Are there further issues as well? How would the program be enforced? Would mandatory microchipping in domesticated pets mark the start of greater identification in all animals and eventually in humans?
Discuss this with other pet owners in our forum: https://www.pettravel.com/forum/showthread.php/65-Making-microchips-mandatory-in-pets-a-growing-trend.