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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February 21st 2018

We are Closed and will open at 9am today. 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


Do Good With Burritos


  • Apple Valley Chipotle, 19179 Bear Valley Rd. Ste. 4
  • March 19
  • 4:00-8:00 pm
  • Chipotle is having a fundraiser to support VVAPL Humane Society. Just bring in a flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to help the animals at VVAPL.

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Purchase this adorable Paw Print Bracelet for $38. plus tax.

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