HomeAgain® program can make things easier for YOU.
To start with, if your pet is lost, you only need to call HomeAgain® for them to send out a picture of your pet (once you have uploaded a picture to the website, described later) with his/her description to every shelter, participating veterinarian, and home rescuer within a fifty-mile radius of where your pet was lost. You should still check with your own neighbors and neighborhood, but this program will save you hours of calling other vets and shelters. If you happen to be away from home when your pet is lost, imagine how hard that would be when you don’t know the area. You can also go online and print the same picture and description HomeAgain® is sending out and use that in your neighborhood. Another great benefit of this program is the free medical advice you can use 24/7. If you can’t reach us here at Animal Care Hospital, then call the toll-free number and talk to a real vet.
When your pet is microchipped, we enroll you in this program for the first year. When you leave our office with your pet and its new chip, you will receive a microchip pamphlet. Please read through this material in the next couple of weeks.
In three weeks, go to www.homeagain.com. You will use the email address you provided on the registration form as your login name. You will need to create a password. Once you get to your pet’s page, check all the information for accuracy. Add any/all details about your pet that will make identifying it easier, i.e., one brown paw, a nick out of their left ear, eye color, missing teeth, extra toe, etc., and anything that would not be obvious on its picture. It is also a good idea to add any medical information that others might find necessary if they were to find your pet—medicines they are on, allergies to medication, or medical information like diabetes, thyroid, etc. Then upload a good picture of your pet. You are done!
Please remember to go back online anytime you need to change any information. One more thing, as your pet ages, its appearance changes, so updating your pictures every now and then is a good idea.
In about one year, HomeAgain® will contact you for renewal of this program. If you like the program, you will pay a $17.99 yearly fee (subject to change). You can cancel at any time. If you don’t think this program is for you, that is okay. Please be assured, if you do not renew the program, your pet’s microchip will still work just fine. If he/she is lost, the system will still work at reuniting you with your pet. If someone calls the Home Again® number with the microchip identification number, the person will be directed to the phone/address that you have registered with your pet. The program is just a helping tool for you, an extra perk. Your pet’s microchip will continue to function, and HomeAgain® will call you even if you are not in the “extra perks” program.
Please feel free to contact our staff here at the Animal Care Hospital if you have any questions.