SACRAMENTO, CA – In celebration of National Pet Month, Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) and animal advocates gathered to host a free “Microchip Your Pet Day.” Veterinarians and staff implanted nearly 100 microchips. Experts say microchipping of pets is the easiest and most effective way to help them in the tragic event they become lost or separated, but many pets in California have never undergone this simple process. Senate Bill 64, authored by Senator Chang, would change this. The bill would require local animal control agencies to implant and register microchips in all recovered cats and dogs, potentially reuniting thousands of pets with loving families.
“Our pets are part of our family, and we dread the thought of them becoming lost or separated,” said Senator Ling Ling Chang, who hosted the event. “I’m proud to work with partners and advocates to provide free microchips and raise awareness about SB 64, which would help reunite pets with owners, significantly reduce the number of euthanized pets, and save taxpayer dollars.”
“The City of Placentia applauds Senator Ling Ling Chang’s efforts in introducing Senate Bill 64,” said City of Placentia Mayor Rhonda Shader. “This important initiative will help keep more animals in homes and divert them from shelters. We encourage all pet owners to microchip their pets to ensure they can return home safely and quickly.”
“HEART has been on the road many years providing services which are essential for the health, safety, and welfare of both pets and people,” said Deborah Kopit, CEO and Operations Manager of Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART). “Microchipping plays a crucial role in saving lives of pets. Be a responsible pet guardian and vaccinate, microchip, and spay or neuter your pet!”
“Over 10 million pets are lost every year and Placentia Library is proud to team up with Senator Chang to help reunite families with their pets through the microchip IDs,” said Jeanette Contreras, Library Director of Placentia Library District. “Libraries help connect people to information and through microchipping we’re connecting people with their pets.”
“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 join 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.