Free Pet Microchipping


If you love your pets as much as I love mine, and the thought of losing one is just unbearable, you may want to consider heading to the fish pond near the east steps of the Capitol this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Why? Sen. Ted Lieu is, in the name of SB 702, providing free microchip implanting and low-cost vaccinations for Sacramento-area pets.

SB 702 aims to address the fact that only 13 percent of animals entering shelters (of which there are nearly 1 million each year) are reunited with their owners—which is not only heartbreaking for owners, but also costs local governments about $300 million annually.

But if a lost pet is microchipped, animal control officers or a veterinarian can scan the pet and get it home before it enters a shelter, according to animal welfare experts. The painless process costs nearly $50, helps reduce pet intakes at shelters, and gives pets a 74 percent chance of finding their way back home. My pets are already microchipped so if they ever go missing, I’ll most likely get them back. If yours aren’t, now’s a good time to do it—for free!