Advocates from across the state gathered at the State Capitol today to push for legislation authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) that would require local animal control agencies to microchip all recovered cats and dogs. Senator Chang and advocates , including Judie Mancuso Founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation and members of the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association, hosted a free “Microchip Your Pet Day.” Veterinarians and staff implanted nearly 200 microchips today. Experts say microchipping of pets is the easiest and most effective way to help them in the tragic event they become lost or become separated during a natural disaster, but many pets in California have never undergone this simple process.
“I’m proud to be the author of SB 64, which would help reunite pets with owners, significantly reduce the number of euthanized pets, and save taxpayer dollars” said Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), who sponsored the event. “Until the state requires microchipping of found cats and dogs, thousands will still run the risk of becoming separated from their loving families. That’s why we’re here today, providing free microchips and pushing for this legislative change.”
“As natural disasters become more common in California, so does the risk of pets becoming lost or separated – something any pet guardian dreads,” added Judie Mancuso, Founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation, who are sponsoring SB 64. “When this bill becomes law, more and more pets will be safe. Until then, we’re here to do our part and provide free microchips to as many cats and dogs as we can.”
SB 64 is currently on its way to the Senate Appropriates Committee. If passed, this bill will require all local animal control agencies to implant and register microchips in all recovered cats and dogs.
“I am proud to co-author this compassionate, common sense measure. Microchips ensure that our animal companions are returned home when lost. With this bill, fewer pets will be euthanized and shelters will become less crowded. That is a win for pet owners and tax payers. I thank Senator Chang and Social Compassion in Legislation for their leadership on SB 64,” said Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach).
Kenn Altine, CEO of the Sacramento SPCA, added “A simple, quick procedure to implant a microchip makes all the difference when an animal is lost by accident or as the result of a natural disaster. It’s great to see so many cat and dog owners doing the right thing to protect their pets.”
“As Registered Veterinary Technicians we have witnessed the joy of reuniting lost pets with their families through microchips. Unfortunately, we have also witnessed the heartbreak of lost pets never finding their way back home because they could not be identified. I’m glad this event is seeking to make that far more rare, and hope the legislature will pass SB 64 to make it rarer still,” concluded Nancy Ehrlich of the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association.