Press conference around microchip policy set for 9am – comes after unanimous committee vote on SB 64.
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. That’s set to change on April 2nd, with free microchipping offered on the East Lawn of the California State Capitol Building.
“Our pets are part of our family, and we dread the thought of them becoming lost or separated,” said Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), who sponsored the event. “I’m proud to work with partners and advocates to provide microchips for free and raise awareness about SB 64, which would help reunite pets with owners, significantly reduce the number of euthanized pets, and save taxpayer dollars.”
“When lost pets are found, microchipping allows them to be returned to their families, instead of left to languish in a shelter. We’re proud to be joining Senator Chang and advocates from across the state to offer this necessary service for pet owners,” added Judie Mancuso, Founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation, who is the sponsor of SB64, the pet microchipping bill.
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.”
“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,” concluded Nancy Ehrlich of the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association.
California State Capitol Building East Lawn Area, 12th St. Between L and N Streets, Sacramento, CA
No RSVP is required. All cat and dog owners may show up with their pets to receive a free life-saving microchip. Dogs must be on leash, and cats in a secure carrier.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, 9am-2pm, with media availability/press conference at 9am
- Senator Ling Ling Chang
- Judie Mancuso, Social Compassion in Legislation
- Kenn Altine, Sacramento SPCA
- Nancy Ehrlich, California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association
- Dr. Emmett, Director of Veterinary Technicians Program, Carrington College
- Karen “Doc” Halligan, renowned veterinarian and SCIL board member