Microchip scanners could help reunite families with lost pets



PITTSBURGH - Animal Friends announced Tuesday that they will distribute free microchip scanners throughout Allegheny County in an effort to save more lives of lost pets.

Officials said the need for the microchips is because far too many pets in our communities are lost and never found.

Municipal police departments are often the first to be contacted when a dog or cat is missing. They are also often the first to respond to stray pets that have been found by neighbors or roaming in communities.

Arming police with state-of-the-art microchip scanners and encouraging the public to ID and microchip their pets can save countless lives, and keep our communities safe and pet-friendly, Animals Friends officials said.