Permanent ID—UPDATED INFO Jan/2010

Deadline—January 2010.  IS THERE GOING TO BE A GRACE PERIOD?  Yes.  But please be making plans to continue to ID your animals as soon as possible.  Animals coming in for new registration, for transfer and for update must all show some form of ID or they will be delayed.

IN January 2010 all animals being registered with ADMS will be required to have some form of Permanent ID.  The question has been raised as to whether or not geldings* are required to have ID as well.  At this time, the answer is NO.  *Pet geldings will be exempt from ID, however, geldings having a valuable niche in the donkey world still need to be ID’d, especially those used in parades, exhibitions, nursing home/therapy visits and shows.  Please keep in mind that even dogs and cats are being microchipped for their own safety (and to meet many local city ordinances). Basically, if the animal is going off your property, whether to a show, sale or trail ride, you should plan on having some form of permanent ID on it.

Requirements—Any form of Permanent ID is acceptable.  This can be freeze brand (hot brands may be used but are not recommended), lip tattoo, microchip, or DNA on file.  ADMS will not insist on any one brand of microchip—you may use any brand offered by your vet, local clinic, or even a low-cost dog/cat clinic.  There are vaccination clinics held all over the country, and dogs and cats can be chipped for under $20.00.  Bulk microchips can be purchased, preloaded in syringes, with barcode tags, for as little as $7 each.  We have had people calling tell us of costs of over $70 to microchip an animal, which we find overwhelming.  We have had two dogs chipped at $20 each, which included registration on a Petwatch site.

Placement of Microchips—No one location is specified for microchip placement.  The recommended areas are back base of the left ear, front base of the left ear, back base of right ear, front base of right ear, left nuchal ligament (left neck) or right nuchal ligament (right neck).  It does not matter which area you use, but please specify the location on the papers.  This makes it easier for anyone who is scanning for a chip to look in that area first, and not to have to scan over the entire animal.

ADMS has updated the webpage (at www.lovelongears.com/lostfound.html) to add a page for Law Enforcement and Shelters to contact us directly if any donkey or mule is found with a microchip if the microchip does not show a trace anywhere else.  Some microchips include registration and tracking with the manufacturer. We encourage you to mark on your own page that your animal has been microchipped/ID’d (but do not place the number itself on your page).  Keep the barcode with the papers (affixed to the papers is best) and then record in a second place as well.  If you have a brand  or tattoo, take a clear, closeup photo, along with clear photos that show markings, and keep them in your safe or other secure area.  Be sure the full information about the animal (name, reg number, age, gender) is marked on the photos.

ADMS records the microchip information in our computer database, and can access the last known owner of an animal in a computer search.  Please note this means you should also make sure that you pass paperwork along properly to new owners when they purchase an animal.  Preferably, the seller should go ahead and submit the papers to be transferred to the new owner directly to ADMS themselves.  This way the owner can be assured that the transfer has been done.

Informing the Registry—Microchips and DNA files have stickers you may place directly onto your registration papers.  You may place these on the front of the certificate in the Description field, or on the upper left-hand corner on the back. You do not need to return the certificate to ADMS.  You  may simply send in a report showing the name of owner, full registered name of animal and reg number, and the type and location of the ID.  You may do this by mail, or by email.