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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” — Roger Caras

Transfering Ownership of a Microchipped Dog

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Letting go of a pet is one of the saddest things a pet owner must experience. However, it is sometimes inevitable, and we are left with no choice but to rehome our babies. When this happens, we must be aware of the legitimate way of rehoming them. A lot of people might ask, “What should we do with our pet’s microchip registration if we want to rehome them with a new owner?”

A Microchipped Dog

First, let’s talk about how the microchip works. The microchip that is implanted in our pets come with a unique identification number that will never change, even if your pet changes its owner because it contains your pet’s name, age, sex, date of birth, and its medical information.

Aside from these, the chip also has the owner’s details, which brings us to the topic of what you should do in case you are transferring pet ownership to someone else.

Here are the steps and some tips:

Draft a transfer of ownership agreement with your dog’s new owner.

You can find template samples of this on the web. You can customize it according to your arrangements. Usually, it should contain yours and the new owner’s personal details and significant information about your dog. Most importantly, it should state appropriate disclaimers and choice of law enforcement. This is especially important. Of course, this legal document must be signed by both parties.

Ideally, you must also let the new owner know about your dog’s health status and your pet care routine to make sure that your dog becomes as comfortable as possible in its new home with its new family.

Transfer licenses and microchip registration.

To get this done, you must first complete a permit transfer form which is usually issued by the county or city of your residence. You must sign this form in the presence of a notary or if not, have it notified once filled. Make sure you have two copies of this, one for you and another for the new owner and then submit it to the authorities and follow the other steps they might require.

Update your pet’s registration details.

To do this, you need to have your pet registration certificate. Fill in the transport information at the back of the certificate and sign it. Once signed, send it to the authorities.

There you have it! Transferring your pet’s microchip registration is not as complicated as it seems, just make sure you know the step-by-step process and make sure that everything is properly coordinated between you, the new owner, and the governing agencies.

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