BC Pet Registry

Nearly 1 million pets are lost each year in Canada


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Any microchip, tattoo or licence can be registered in BC Pet Registry. Simply choose one of the following registration options:

  • $12 for one year
  • $45 for lifetime of your pet

While you are registered with BC Pet Registry, you can update your account as often as you like! We recommend that if you move, change your phone number, etc. that you update your account. Should your pet ever be lost, this information is crucial in returning your pet home to you. If you have more than one pet, you may qualify for a discount on any additional pets that are registered! Please get in touch with us at info@bcpetregistry.ca to take us up on this offer.

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Microchips

A microchip is an integrated circuit that is inserted under the skin of an animal. Using passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), a unique code on the chip is read by a microchip scanner. Pet microchips are not tracking devices, but they do provide permanent ID. BC Pet Registry uses International Standards Organization (ISO) microchip technology, which is recommended by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The procedure is performed by a veterinarian or a trained professional and is similar to a routine vaccination shot. Benefits include:

  • The animal is awake during the procedure (no need for anaesthetic)
  • The microchip will last the lifetime of your pet

Animals with permanent identification are reunited with their guardians in far greater numbers than animals with no identification. Once recorded in BC Pet Registry, your pet’s microchip can be scanned by participating veterinarians and animal shelters anywhere in the province to verify their identity and guardian.

All microchips registered with BC Pet Registry are traceable internationally via the American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) universal pet microchip lookup, petmicrochiplookup.org. This partnership means that you can travel with your pet with confidence that you're protected!

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Frequently asked questions

Before BC Pet Registry, if your pet was lost and turned over to a shelter or a veterinarian, that organization may have needed to call multiple registry companies to find out your contact information. Often, that information was no longer available. Now, with BC Pet Registry, all cats and dogs in the province can be registered in one registry and we will be the first and hopefully only call if your lost animal is scanned and found to have a microchip. Thus ensuring that your animal gets home faster than ever before.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is responsible for the BC Pet Registry. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in BC. The BC Pet Registry helps to achieve that mission.
If you adopt from the BC SPCA, your pet will be microchipped and we will charge the cost of microchipping and registration at the time of adoption (you choose whether to pay an annual or lifetime registration fee). If you haven’t adopted from the BC SPCA and still want to register your pet’s microchip on BC Pet Registry it’s easy: simply go to our website bcpetregistry.ca and create an account with your personal information and unique chip ID - you choose the registration fee. If your pet is not microchipped, they can be microchipped at a veterinarian’s office or at a microchip clinic.
No, your information will be totally secure within our registry. The BC SPCA and BC Pet Registry do not sell or share information. The only information that is shared with participating organizations is information on how to contact you in the event your pet is lost.
There is a registration fee to cover the operating costs of the provincial Registry. If there is any additional revenue generated from the registry, it will go directly to fund our much needed animal welfare programs and initiatives across the province.
You should update your information in the following situations: if you move; if you go on vacation; if you want to upload a picture of your pet; if your phone number / email changes; or if alternate contact information changes. We also strongly recommend that you review you and your pet’s information at least once a year.
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. The microchip itself is also called a transponder. Source: avma.org
Yes, once planted under the skin (near shoulder blades) by a veterinarian or trained professional, the chips are non-migratory (won’t get lost) and are not running on a battery.
We strongly encourage you to do just that! Simply create an account online at bcpetregistry.ca with your personal information and the unique chip ID. If you need any assistance, please call our toll-free Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722) or email us info@bcpetregistry.ca.
Your existing veterinarian can microchip your pet. From time to time, the BC SPCA operates microchip clinics in your area. Check our website spca.bc.ca for more information.
Yes, collars can fall off or come undone. Microchips are permanent and last the lifetime of your dog.
Yes, cats that are microchipped are 20 times more likely to be returned home with permanent identification! Even if you have an indoor cat, they can slip out easily (open door, window, etc.)
The microchip is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required—a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can often be implanted while they're still under anesthesia. Source: avma.org
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At this time, registration is mandatory for canines and felines. BC SPCA adopters of microchipped/tattooed rabbits have the option of registering their animal in BC Pet Registry (first year registration is free).
The BC Pet Registry is the only provincial pet identification registry in British Columbia. In addition to our own network of 40 facilities across the province, the BC SPCA has partnered with other non SPCA shelters and veterinarians across the province to create the most comprehensive network ever to help stray/lost animals find their way home.
While we recommend a microchip, the Registry will also accept a tattoo or municipal licence.
We still recommend that your pet wear a collar as it is the most visible form of ID for your pet. If your pet is found locally, you may be reunited quicker as a neighbor can contact you.
If you have adopted an animal from the BC SPCA, you are automatically registered and will be provided with a certificate of registration. We strongly encourage that you, once home, simply login to confirm your information and add any additional information (cellphone number, work number, alternate email, etc.).
Your alternate contact will be called, for example your local veterinarian.
They will use a scanner to read the microchip, which will then provide them with your unique chip ID number. Then they can log on to our BC Pet Registry portal to see who the pet belongs to. Your contact information will pop up, and they can reunite you with your pet.
Make sure that your information is up-to-date, complete with alternate contact information. petmicrochiplookup.org.
No, we accept any microchip. We just need your unique chip ID number to add you in our Registry. You can choose from $12 annual registration OR $45 lifetime registration.
If you’re adopting from the BC SPCA, your pet will already be microchipped and you can choose your registration with BC Pet Registry: Annual for $12 or Lifetime for $45. If you haven’t adopted from the BC SPCA and still want to register your pet on our registry it’s easy: simply go to our website and create an account with your personal information and unique chip ID. Pets can be microchipped at a veterinarian’s office or at a microchip clinic.
First things first, take your pet to your SPCA or veterinarian to have the chip read. Once you have this ID, we can check if your pet is in the Registry. If they aren’t we can easily add you to the system, you can choose from $12 annual registration OR $45 lifetime registration.
Update your information on BC Pet Registry (contact information, alternate contact, details about pet). Go to bcpetsearch.com for tips on finding your pet and to put up a lost pet alert.
The microchip won't come undone or fall off and won't fade (like a tattoo). The microchip will last the lifetime of your pet too! No need to microchip multiple times, just once.
No, the microchip is not a GPS device and cannot track your animal if it gets lost. The microchips presently used in pets only contain identification numbers. Source: avma.org.
Microchipping your pet at a veterinarian can cost $50 -$120. Registering your animal in the BC Pet Registry will cost either an annual fee of $12 or lifetime fee of $45.
In order to update your information (for example, if you move) you need to be actively registered to BC Pet Registry. Revenue generated from the registry helps cover the operating cost of running the registry and our call centre. Any additional revenue goes directly to fund animal welfare programs and initiatives across the province.
All microchips registered with BC Pet Registry are traceable internationally via the American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) universal pet microchip lookup, petmicrochiplookup.org. This partnership means that you can travel with your pet with confidence that you're protected!
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How to find your lost pet

If your pet is lost, please update your information on BC Pet Registry (contact information, alternate contact, details about pet) immediately.

Losing a pet is a traumatic experience for you, your family and your pet. For tips please visit spca.bc.ca.

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Contact us

Our call centre is open seven days per week, please contact us at 1-855-622-7722.

Monday to Friday:
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday to Sunday:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For our after-hours emergency phone line, please contact us at 1-866-303-5950. This phone line is to assist veterinarians and shelters in getting lost pets identified and reunited with their families. If your phone call is about your account, please contact us during our regular business hours for assistance.

Email: info@bcpetregistry.ca

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BC Pet Registry

Technology speaking for animals

The BC Pet Registry is owned and operated by the BC SPCA and is the only provincial pet identification (ID) registry in British Columbia (B.C.), created solely for the purpose of ensuring that all companion animals find their way home when they stray or are lost. By investing in permanent identification, BC Pet Registry aims to reverse a trend that sees thousands of animals enter shelters in our province each year, with no way to find their way home due to a lack of any form of permanent identification.

With close to 250,000 successful adoptions in the past ten years, the BC SPCA is the best placed organization in the province to create a more streamlined system to aid animal guardians should their pet ever be lost.

With a focus on microchipping, BC Pet Registry will record the permanent identification information (any microchip, tattoo, and/or license) of pets across the province. BC Pet Registry offers a centralized, secure database for guardians to register their pets, thereby ensuring that lost/stray animals will return home in greater numbers than even before.

BC Pet Registry

The BC SPCA is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for companion, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. Through its 42 locations and branches across the province, the BC SPCA provides a wide range of services and programs that assist tens of thousands of animals each year.

All cats/kittens and dogs/puppies adopted from a BC SPCA branch are automatically microchipped and registered with BC Pet Registry. For more information please visit BC SPCA.