UHC Announces New ‘Operation Chip’ Program

The UHC has partnered with MicrochipID Equine to provide the microchips for Operation Gelding participants.
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Starting in 2018, the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) will be offering a new service to its Operation Gelding program called “Operation Chip.” 

“The industry as a whole is moving towards microchipping as the preferred method of identification,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “Initially, organizations hosting Operation Gelding clinics will be eligible to apply for microchips for Operation Chip. Eventually we hope to expand the program to be able to offer rescue organizations the opportunity to apply for just the chips to be inserted into the horses in their care. Microchipping horses in rescue organizations is one of the best ways to be able to track them through the system as well as give the industry the ability to reunite them with their owner in the case of a natural disaster.”

The UHC has partnered with MicrochipID Equine to provide the microchips for the program. The chips provided will come with a chip syringe, as well as a prepaid registration card, and the veterinarian providing the gelding services at the clinic will be responsible for inserting the chips.

“In order to ensure the horses are getting registered, the UHC will also be covering the cost of registration for each chip that is put into a horse,” said Furst. “A survey of rescues that have participated in Operation Gelding showed that only 50% of rescues are scanning horses for chips upon intake. The cost of scanners can be prohibitive for rescues, so as a result the UHC will also be providing eligible 501(c)(3) rescues with an opportunity to apply for a deeply discounted scanner

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