Yes it’s true, HomeAgain is penalizing consumers who do not register their pets with them.
Their “penalty” for not registering your pet with them could very well result in your pet not being returned to you and possibly even your pets death.
HomeAgain has absolutely no reason to update their records for an unregistered microchip, yet, as you can clearly see by reading through this website, they do.
This deplorable practice can prevent a responsible pet owner from being reunited with their pet.
Let’s say my little furry baby gets lost and the person that find him checks the AAHA registry. Naturally they will contact the listing that pops up first on the list, since it had the most recent date. Right?
HomeAgain keeps updating microchip records for pets that have a HomeAgain microchip but whose owners have exercised their right to register their microchip elsewhere.
This underhanded tactic ensures that the HomeAgain entry shows up first and they will likely be called if my pet is found.
The problem with that is that your precious pet is registered with a different registry and that entry should come up first.
By employing these dirty tactics, rescuers are going to contact HomeAgain since, on the surface, it looks like your pet is registered with HomeAgain.
And what do you think HomeAgain will tell them?
They will tell the person that calls that the pet is not registered with them because the pet owner was an irresponsible so and so who failed to register their pet even though the pet is registered.
That very action taken by HomeAgain could mean the difference between life and death for you pet.
All because you choose not to do business with them.
Shelters have to make very difficult life and death decisions daily and a pet that does not have current microchip info, or doesn’t according to HomeAgain, is at risk of being euthanized if they are old, ill or otherwise deemed unadoptable.
The rescuers are not going to get through to you or the registry that you registered with because HomeAgain is updating records for HomeAgain microchips that are not registered to them.
Sadly, this probably occurs far more often than we know about.
Who knows how many animals that were turned in to shelters or vets have been killed because their owners were unable to be located due to HomeAgain’s manipulation of the records..
Let that sink in. Your pet could be put to death if you opt to register your pets microchip elsewhere due to the pure and simple greed of HomeAgain.
HomeAgain will put your pets at risk so that they can fudge the numbers to make more money.
How utterly heartbreaking.
HomeAgain also uses that skewed information to convince shelters and vets that they need their service.
Read on to gain a better understanding of another facet of the HomeAgain microchip scam.
Typical example of HomeAgain microchip scam
Let’s say that HomeAgain has a total of five pet microchips that they provided to one shelter and that all five of the animals get adopted.
Let’s further say that 40% of the pet parents decide to use another company for their pet microchip.
That means that 60% of the pet parents register with HomeAgain and 40% do not. In other words, three people register with HomeAgain and two do not.
The folks behind the HomeAgain microchip scam will harass the two pet parents who did not sign up for their service by updating their registration records continually.
Now if one or both of the pet parents who decided to register with another company are separated from their animal, there is a good chance that they will not be reunited with their pet. Worse their pet might be euthanized due to deplorable practices of HomeAgain.
The HomeAgain microchip registration entry will show up first pretty much nullifying the entry of the responsible pet owner who simply decided to register elsewhere.
Then HomeAgain will combine statistics to present to other shelters and say that 40% of pet owners never register their microchip.
As you can see in the example above, that is simply not true.
Far from it.
The numbers were manipulated by HomeAgain.
They will use this erroneous information in order to convince shelters and vets to use their service.
And likely ply them with free goods to make their pitch more attractive all the while telling them what a great service they are providing because so many people fail to register pet microchips.
The truth is that many of those pets might really be registered in a pet microchip registry but if they are not registered with HomeAgain and had the misfortune of having a HomeAgain microchip implanted, HomeAgain will update the records superseding the owners records.
HomeAgain then compiles information on all of the HomeAgain microchips out there, whether or not they are “registered” and use those inflated numbers as a marketing tool to get more shelters and vets to sign up with them.
There is no such things as unregistered HomeAgain microchips. All HomeAgain microchips are maintained in their database and are “registered” to them.
That’s how the HomeAgain microchip scam works.
In addition to trying to force consumers to use their use service, they are actually responsible for hindering pet parents from being reunited with their babies.
Who knows how many hundreds or even thousands of animals have been euthanized due to the unethical , underhanded and deceptive practices of HomeAgain!
There’s no way of telling at this point but given the magnitude of their operation, it is probably very significant.
The greedy folks behind the HomeAgain microchip scam are contributing to the very cause they proclaim to advocate and they must be stopped!