Each year millions of pets go missing. Microchipping has become the modern standard way to find a lost pet. These microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted just below the skin to safely and permanently serve as a way to identify your pet. Hospitals and shelters around the country have scanners which can be used to read the microchip's unique ID number. This number, when registered with a pet recovery service, will link the pet with the owner's contact information.