August 15th is National “Check the Chip” Day!
It’s National “Check the Chip” Day!
August 15, 2022 (Washington, DC) – Today is National “Check The Chip” Day — a day to check on your horses’ microchips and make sure they’re registered and that information is up to date.
Microchips are extremely important for keeping your horses safe. Many animals reunite with their owner’s thanks to their chips. A microchip is a great way to guarantee the identity of a horse and facilitate fair competition. The American Horse Council and AHC Foundation are happy to support this through two different programs. First, thanks to the great support of our member Equine MicrochipID, the AHC offers free microchips to horse owners. Second, the AHC is proud to debut our updated horse-specific microchip lookup tool, a website helping owners, competitors, rescuers, and law enforcement correctly identify horses.
The microchip is the first part, but your horse’s microchip number is only half of the journey. The second part requires that the microchip number is registered with a manufacturer registry and/or your breed/competition organization. If you know the horse’s specific microchip ID number, you can contact the registry and make sure your info in their database is current.
If you don’t know the registry, but you have the microchip ID number, you can use it to search the American Horse Council’s microchip lookup tool. This can provide you with the name of the manufacturer so you can contact them. We just completed a new update to the search tool and are providing the most comprehensive information available for microchipped horses in the United States.
The tool, https://www.horsemicrochiplookup.com/, is a great chance for you to look up who your horse is registered with, and update that information as needed. It also contains the link you need to sign up for free microchips. Please contact the American Horse Council for more information about microchipping your horse.
About the American Horse Council
As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media, and the industry on behalf of all horse-related interests each and every day.
The US equine industry contributes $122B in total value added to the US economy annually and employs 1.7M people. In total 30.5% of 38M US households contain a horse enthusiast.