We’ve heard it thousands of times…My dog never gets out….My cat’s an inside pet…My pet never runs out of the door…My pet has a collar tag…My pet….well, you can fill in the blank.  The reality is millions of pets are lost or stolen every year.  The gardener leaves the gate open.  Your dog digs under the fence.  Fireworks or thunderstorms causes your pet to panic and runaway, even from a fenced yard.  Your cat crawls out of a hole in your window screen.  You pet wanders away from you during an out-of-town trip.  The scenarios are endless and are played out time and time again each and every day.  So what is the best way to protect your pet if it gets lost or stolen?

A collar identification tag is always recommended.  Think of it as the first line of defense, but collar tags can fall off.  Microchips, on the other hand, are a permanent form of identification implanted just beneath the surface of the skin, as quick and painless as a vaccination.  According to statistics, lost or stolen microchipped pets have a greater chance of returning home if found.

A study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found microchipped pets were returned to their owners more often than those without a chip.  Non-microchips dogs were returned to their owners only about 22 percent of the time compared to 52 percent of microchipped dogs.  Less than 2 percent of non-microchipped cats were returned to their owners compared to 38 percent of microchipped cats. 

Microchips only work, though, if they are registered and the registration information is kept up-to-date.  It’s also recommended you scan your pet once a year to make sure the microchip is working properly.  You could have your vet scan your pet as part of their yearly exam.

On August 16, VVAPL Humane Society celebrates National Check the Chip Day, a day to remind pet owners to microchip their pets, keep the registration information up-to-date, and have their microchipped pets scanned once a year to make sure the microchip is working properly.  Join VVAPL Humane Society at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley on Wednesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for some microchip happenings.  There is no charge to scan a pet.

  • Microchip your cat or dog for only $10, which includes implanting the 24PetWatch MiniChip and registration.  Regular price is $20.
  • If your pet is microchipped, we will scan your pet to make sure the chip is working properly.
  • Not sure if your pet is microchipped?  We will scan your pet to verify.
  • Microchips only work if the registration information is accurate.  Not sure if your information is up-to-date?  We’ll scan your pet and tell you which microchip company to contact to verify your information.

Remember microchips greatly increase the chance that lost or stolen pets are returned to their owners if found, but you must keep the registration information up-to-date.


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June 20th 2018

We have Closed for the day. Please call during normal business hours.

We have no after hours phone service. If you have lost a pet please call animal control in your city (see services tab for phone numbers)

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Upcoming Events

Cruise Nights are back at Burgerlicious in Apple Valley on Friday, starting April 13 from 5pm to 8pm. Thanks to the Route 103.1 FM, the BCC (Burgerlicious Critter Crue) and Rod French, the monthly car show will be filling the parking lots of Burgerlicious, 21044 Bear Valley Road and adjacent Town & County Tire with pre-1976 and specialty vehicles. Dog adoptions, music by the Route 103.1 FM, prizes and trophies are part of the fun. No dog adoption coupons or promo codes accepted at this event. Cruise Nights will be held the second Friday of every month through October 12. Join us for this family fun event. All proceeds benefit VVAPL Humane Society.

Valley Hi Honda is sponsoring a PETacular Extravaganza on Saturday, June 16 in partnership with VVAPL Humane Society. The event will include pet adoptions and microchipping from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valley Hi Honda located at 15710 Valley Park Lane in Victorville. The first 35 pets will receive microchips FREE of charge. Microchips are $10 after the FREE microchips are given out. Kittens will be available for adoption FREE of charge, which includes spay/neuter, vaccines and a microchip. Adoptions are restricted to one per household. Dogs, 4 months and older, will be available for adoption for only $25, which includes spay/neuter, vaccines and a microchip. Look for VVAPL Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Vehicle for the PETacular Extravaganza happenings. For more information, contact VVAPL at (760) 247-2102.





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