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  • Seoul to Register ‘Embedded Microchips’ in Pets

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    Seoul City is to actively support the ‘Embedded Animal Registration System’ to effectively prevent the loss and abandonment of pet dogs through embedded chips. Citizens can register for animal embedment at 10,000 KRW at over 900 animal hospitals starting in 2019. The city plans to realize ‘zero’ euthanasia of abandoned animals through accurate grasp of animal-raising status.

    According to the ‘Animal Registration System,’ all pets over the age of 3 months must be registered. A serial number will be given to each animal, and the owner’s name, address, contact information, pet breed, and age will be registered in the Animal Protection Management System (animal.go.kr) through chip embedment procedure, or collar or external chips. In case the registered pets get lost, owners of the pets will be easily identified through this system.

    Embedded Microchips
    Registration MethodInsertion of embedded electronic chipInstallation of external electronic tagAttachment of identification tag
    FormInsertion of embedded electronic chipInstallation of external electronic tagAttachment of identification tag
    Method of ProcedureA microchip the size of a grain of rice to be inserted under pet’s skin A collar with a pendant containing a microchipName tag with the owner’s name and contact information
    Cost45,000-70,000 KRW15,000-25,000 KRW5,000-10,000 KRW

    The ‘embedded animal registration’ involves the placement of a microchip the size of a grain of rice into the area between the animal’s shoulder blade, which is most effective in preventing pet loss or abandonment as compared to the external chip or dog tag that is susceptible to damage, loss, and destruction. The embedded chip will allow for speedy contact with the owners upon occurrence of pet loss accidents.

    All pets of Seoul citizens are subject to embedded animal registration, and starting in 2019, embedded microchip animal registration can be made through a safe procedure of 10,000 KRW at over 900 animal hospitals throughout Seoul.

    The number of abandoned pets decreased from 11,395 pets in 2013 to 8,632 pets in 2017 after the enforcement of the animal registration system in 2013. Seoul City plans to vitalize the embedded animal registration system to develop and enforce an animal welfare policy that will meet citizens’ demands.