Cat and Dog Adoptions at Orange County Animal Services now Include Microchips

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 8, 2017) – Orange County Animal Services is now including microchips as a standard part of the adoption fee for all adopted cats and dogs, as of July 1, 2017. This change will hopefully help ensure that every cat and dog adopted from Orange County Animal Services will have the greatest likelihood possible of being reunited with its owner if they are ever separated.

Friends of Orange County Animal Services (FOCAS) helped to make this new adoption feature possible by generously donating $2,000 to Animal Services to offset the additional costs. FOCAS has donated to many Animal Services initiatives over the years, with this being the latest contribution.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted just beneath the surface of the skin between an animal’s shoulder blades in a process that is similar to receiving a vaccination. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying a pet and linking the animal back to the owner. Pets can lose collars, tags can break or become unreadable, and tattooing can become illegible. While it is recommended that pets also wear visible ID tags, microchipping and having another form of identification together is the best option to improve a pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe. It is critical that pet owners keep their contact information up to date with the microchip registry so they can be contacted when their lost pet is found.  Animal Services will register the microchip for all cats and dogs that are adopted through them, but updates will need to be made directly through the microchip company by the owner. 

The adoption package offered by Animal Services includes rabies vaccination, spay/neuter surgery, species-specific annual vaccines, heartworm test (dogs only), FeLV/FIV test (cats only), medical exam, and now microchips.  

For more information about Animal Services and to see photos of potentially lost animals or pets currently available for adoption, visit