Multiple forms of ID greatly increase the likelihood that you will be reunited with your lost pet.
Burlington Animal Services takes in thousands of lost or stray animals each year. In accordance with state law, lost or stray animals are held for a minimum of 72 hours. Each animal received is checked for a microchip or other form of identification. Unfortunately, most animals have no identification tags or microchips, making it nearly impossible to find the owner.
If you own a cat or dog, please be sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag and has a microchip. It is also a requirement under state law for dogs, cats, and ferrets 4 months of age and older to be currently vaccinated against rabies and wear a valid rabies tag.
It is important that all pets have both permanent and visible forms of ID. Lost pets often lose their collar and ID tag (or in cases of stolen pets a collar can be removed) and can only be identified by their microchip.