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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SCR 51
          Author:   Lieu (D)
          Amended:  As introduced
          Vote:     21

           
           SUBJECT  :    Microchip Your Animal Day 2011

           SOURCE  :     Social Compassion in Legislation


           DIGEST :    This resolution declares July 7, 2011, to be 
          Microchip Your Animal Day 2011 in California and requests 
          that Californians observe this day by having their dogs and 
          cats microchipped and by supporting organizations that 
          provide no-cost and affordable microchipping services.

           ANALYSIS  :    This resolution makes the following 
          legislative findings:

          1. In the State of California nearly one million dogs and 
             cats enter our municipal animal shelters every year, 
             costing taxpayers over $290 million annually, only 13 
             percent of these animals find their way home, and over 
             half are euthanized in the shelters.
           
          2. Many of these unfortunate euthanized companion animals 
             may have had a loving family desperately searching for 
             them, but tragically, since the animal did not have 
             identification, the shelters were unable to reunite the 
             animals with their owners.
           
          3. Many people consider their animals as a member of their 
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             family and will expend any amount of money to help 
             protect them; however, despite best efforts, many dogs 
             and cats slip out of an open door and disappear and if 
             the pet is wearing a collar and identification tag, 
             chances are much improved that the pet will make it back 
             home, but if the collar slips off, the pet may face 
             euthanasia within 72 hours of separation.
           4.A significant source of this problem is the lack of 
             identification which allows for the reunification of 
             lost animals with their owners; only 13 percent of lost 
             animals are reunited with their owners, while 74 percent 
             of microchipped animals are returned home.
           
          5. Microchipping is a safe and effective way to get animals 
             back home and prevent them from entering the shelter 
             system.
           
          6. Many lost pets are scanned at veterinarian offices or in 
             the field by animal control and returned to their owners 
             without ever being impounded.
           
          7. Microchipping pets has also been shown to reduce 
             instances of animal cruelty and assist prosecutors in 
             identifying culprits of animal abuse in instances of 
             hoarding, dog fighting, theft, and unlawful breeding.
           
          8. Californians can contribute to the effort by 
             microchipping their own companion animals and by 
             supporting programs in their communities that offer 
             accessible microchipping services. 

          9. Veterinarians, humane societies, animal control 
             agencies, and national and local animal welfare 
             organizations will join together and advocate the 
             microchipping of dogs and cats on "Microchip Your Animal 
             Day 2011".

          This resolution declares July 7, 2011, to be Microchip Your 
          Animal Day 2011 in California.  In honor of this day, a 
          free microchipping clinic will be available on the east 
          steps of the State Capitol from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the 
          Legislature requests that Californians observe this day by 
          having their dogs and cats microchipped and by supporting 
          organizations that provide no-cost and affordable 







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          microchipping services.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Fiscal Com.:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  6/28/11)

          Social Compassion in Legislation (source)

          CTW:mw  6/28/11   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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