Gov. Newsom Again Considers Micro-Chipping Shelter Animals

Margie Shafer
February 13, 2020 - 9:31 am
Under SB 573, all shelter animals must be micro-chipped before leaving the facilities

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A bill vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year, which would have required all animals to be micro-chipped before leaving shelters, will make its return this year. And this time, animal advocates expect the governor’s signature.

State Sen. Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) introduced SB 573 this week, a bill to require local animal control agencies and public and private shelters to microchip all reclaimed or adopted cats and dogs.

The bill, sponsored by animal advocacy group Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), is a revised version of a bill that reached Newsom’s desk last year.

“A microchip only costs five dollars,” said SCIL CEO Judie Mancuso. “We can’t really afford not to do it when we are housing and euthanizing animals on taxpayer dollars in our shelters.”

The bill has been re-worked this year with a provision that allows an exemption for people who can't afford it, or for shelters who can't supply the microchips.

“Hopefully this thing will just fly to his desk, get signed and be law,” Mancuso said.