SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) recently introduced legislation that would save taxpayer dollars while reducing the number of dogs and cats that are euthanized. Senate Bill 64 requires that all municipal animal shelters microchip any dog or cat that is adopted or claimed by a pet owner.
“Our pets are part of our family and my four-legged friends, Buster and Pepper, are precious to me. Should both of them not come home, a planted microchip allows me to find and bring them home. By microchipping our dogs and cats with the owner’s information, we can help reunite pets with owners, drop the euthanized numbers, and save taxpayer dollars,” said Senator Chang.
"Micro-chipping every animal that leaves a shelter is the easiest and most efficient way animals are returned to their owners," said Judie Mancuso, President and Founder of the bill's sponsor, Social Compassion in Legislation. "Getting pets back to their owners saves municipalities money by reducing the cost of sheltering and timely rehoming efforts, but most importantly saves animals' lives from needless euthanasia. This bill is a win for animals, families, and taxpayers."
Microchips are the most reliable source of identification for animals. When a pet is found by an animal shelter or vet, a scanner will detect the microchip and the unique ID number with the owner’s contact information.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 6.5 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. And each year, 1.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized. This means that every hour, 171 animals are being put to death.