In 2021, THLN helped pass HB 604, which requires animal control agencies and animal welfare organizations to scan the pets they handle for microchips. If the animal is chipped, the registered owner is contacted so they can reclaim their pet as soon as possible. The purpose of the law is to keep families together, save taxpayers money and avoid the stress both pets and their people feel when separated. Research shows that scanning a lost pet as soon as possible in the location where they were found – known as "return in the field" – increases the chances they will be reunited with their family. Return in the field saves tax dollars by avoiding the costs associated with shelter intake. The Mandatory Microchip Scanning law is a win-win for pets and their families. Agencies and organizations in need of a microchip scanner may be eligible for a free scanner through a grant program. For more information, please email us at [email protected].

To download the THLN Fact Sheet for the Mandatory Scanning Law, go here.


About the Legislation

HB 604 The Mandatory Microchip Scanning Law

Bill Caption: Relating to a microchip scan of animals in the custody of an animal shelter or releasing agency, including an animal rescue organization. Effective on: September 1, 2021 Author and Coauthors: Noble | Stucky | Buckley | Thierry | Anderson | Cyrier | Lopez | Minjarez | Ramos | Rogers | Spiller | SwansonSponsor: Zaffirini
Cosponsors: Bettencourt | Buckingham | Paxton

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