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What is the difference between the AniCare “Just 1 Call” system and other pet identification systems used for pet recovery?
A. It is often said that an RFID tag number on anything, including pets, is like a license plate on a car in that it provides a unique identifier. However, the license plate is issued by a specific state or other governing body which keeps a record of the car and its owner. All other pet identification systems work with at least one of the numerous database registries that maintain a record of the pet owner’s name and contact information at the time of implanting the microchip unless updated by the owner.
B. The “Just 1 Call” system provides both the unique RFID number and the necessary telephone number on the microchip implant for the Veterinary Hospital or Shelter where the pet received its microchip. They will have the initial records and any more recent records including the current name and contact information for the pet owner. Each of these veterinary hospital databases take the place of the issuing state in the license plate analogy. This decentralized and personal database provides less waiting on hold and a more direct connection with an owner.
Why haven’t phone numbers been placed on RFID implants and been read from them in the past?
A. AniCare Systems and its sister company, I.D.ology, have built and sold RFID readers and implant microchips for over 15 years and had never thought to record recovery information on the microchip even though we knew that certain microchips would have the space for additional numbers in the memory. Loading the veterinary hospital telephone number on each sterile microchip prior to shipment is a time consuming labor. As such the general management of microchip suppliers would likely look elsewhere for product and process improvements.
B. “Just 1 Call” technology is somewhat advanced from the standard chips used by veterinarians to microchip and read the standard pet implants. AniCare Systems has used its experience and insight to build implant PELITs® specifying how they are to be programmed as well as to specify the reader hardware setup and programming to enable the rapid display of both the unique pet ID number as well as 2 phone numbers that are preloaded on each microchip by the AniCare System staff. The technology and system for the “Just 1 Call” AniCare System is in a Patent Pending status because of its uniqueness.
Why hasn’t the veterinarian’s office management software been used for finding the lost pets in the past?
A. Currently there is no way to determine in which veterinary hospital the records for the lost animal are kept. So a person finding a lost animal and taking it to a veterinary practice with a RFID microchip reader would also need to canvas several veterinary clinics and there might be 15-20 within the 25 mile radius from where the pet was found. Various organizations set-up centralized databases to reference these identifiable animals for any caller. Now, there are numerous databases in which any given animal may be registered so this solution with a central database has encountered issues as it was scaled up to satisfy the nationwide need to locate lost pets.
B. The “Just 1 Call” AniCare system uses the existing decentralized database located in each veterinary hospital to locate a lost pet by providing the phone number of that hospital on each AniCare “J1C” microchip that the hospital issues. Given the unique microchip number the veterinary hospital receptionist can search the client listing to find the pet owner and the medical history of the animal.
How is the security of the pet owner impacted differently with the “Just 1 Call” system?
A. Many general database systems will provide the telephone number of the pet owner to the caller who says they have found the lost pet. Then the conditions and location for the pet’s return are left to the communication between these 2 individuals. Sometimes the pet owner posts pictures and their phone number on street corners and in grocery stores which again leaves the pet exchange location up to the two individuals. In making these phone numbers and exchange sites available to strangers an owner of a lost pet can have some very real concerns about their safety and security in working out the return of their pet.
B. With “Just 1 Call” the pet exchange can be easily supervised by the veterinary staff or the shelter without the pet owner needing to reveal their identity in any way. That is one reason why the pet owner’s registry card with the RFID Number is called a Social Security Card for your pet.