We are very sad to report that SB 64 Pet Microchipping
was vetoed by Governor Newsom on 9/27/2019
Between the hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats being euthanized in California shelters, and families being separated from their pets in natural disasters, we are devastated that he vetoed SB 64.
His message reflects concerns for people who cannot afford the microchip and annual registry. If only his staff would have read the background material on the bill, reached out to us or the author's office, he would have known that shelters can get microchips for as little as $5 each, and there are multiple free registries that people can utilize. Instead he went off a false narrative and vetoed the bill, which is absolutely horrible for those animals with families that cannot be found who are losing their life in shelters as I type these words.
As someone who has seen the piles of dead dogs and cats in the kill room of shelters, SB 64 is one measure that California cannot afford not to do, as it would have saved thousands of lives and millions of taxpayer dollars. It is the right ethical and financial policy to put into place.
We obviously still have a long ways to go in educating our top elected officials about the horrors of pet overpopulation in our state.
We thank Senator Chang and her staff for all their hard work and many hours spent on the bill. SB 64 never received one "no" vote through the entire legislative process. We thank all the elected officials that voted in support, and we thank you for your support, and action taken every step of the way.
We still have four other bills on his desk that we need your support on. Please call or write today.