The biggest benefit of the HomeAgain microchip is that it allows veterinarians, shelters or other professionals to quickly identify lost pets and contact the owner. Microchips also typically last for the life of the pet and cannot be lost like tags or collars can, and HomeAgain microchips have a special design that prevents them from migrating in the body.
For pet owners who pay for an annual membership, HomeAgain also offers additional help if a pet goes missing. The company has specialists on call at all times, so pet owners can alert the company of the missing pet and get advice about finding lost pets. The company then sends information about the pet to veterinarians and shelters in the area so that they know to watch for that pet.
HomeAgain members are also eligible for lost pet travel insurance. If the pet is found a significant distance away, this insurance may cover some or all of the costs associated with bringing the animal home. The company also has a 24-hour pet emergency helpline, so members can call and get advice about veterinary emergencies at any time.
A membership is not required for basic lost pet identification services. Chips remain in the database, and non-members can still update their contact information, such as addresses and phone numbers, for free.