LOS ANGELES (CBS) — California may become the first state to require microchips for your pet.

Supporters believe it will cut costs at shelters by reuniting lost animals with their owners more quickly.

Californians spend approximately $300 million a year to impound, care for and, in half the cases, euthanize stray pets, according to one report.

Currently 13 percent of lost animals are reunited with their owners. Proponents of the microchip law would increase that number.

Microchipping usually costs between $20 and $40.

A vote on the bill is expected later this summer.

Comments (25)
  1. Dan says:

    Whats next bar codes on us? California has truly become a socialist state. Soon everything that is not illegal will be required.

  2. Why not says:

    Put chips in all state employees so we know where they are at all times.

  3. Elle Emm says:

    We have had compulsory microchipping for pets for over a decade in Australia. It is great knowing that if someone finds your animal, a vet or shelter can scan the chip and get a contact number.

    But, it doesn’t cost anywhere near $400. We even have “free” microchipping days where you just pay the cost of the chip, around $15.

    1. HumanistJohn says:

      That would be fine but here they would still make you pay $400 becuase they suck.

  4. groenewegm says:

    LA county already requires it and it only cost us about 40 bucks. I agree its conforting knowing our dog can be brought home if he is lost.

    1. Astonished says:

      I don’t know what vet this reporter went to to get that price figure but boy is it high! All my animals are microchipped. The local shelter does it for about $40.00 and my shelter even holds annual events to get people in to micrchip their pets. And my vet will also do it for only a little more than the shelter does!

      And for those of you espousing that this makes California a Socialist state. . .grow up! You’re still living in the 1950’s!

  5. your mother says:

    oh great! spend more money on something that’s near impossible to enforce, good thinking.

  6. Everyday Guy says:

    The bigger the government, the smaller the individual.

  7. Tim says:

    Dumb as hell. Stop ignoring the money spent on illegal immigrants. Its much larger than this expenditure. Moronic distraction…………………….

  8. Rocketmare says:

    It doesn’t cost $400 in Los Angeles. It costs $15.

  9. Arod says:

    I have my dog chipped but because I wanted to. What makes the powers that be here in California think they need to have their nose in eveything . Every single thing that comes along someone wants to make a new law to force people to do what someone else feels is best

  10. Dave Smith says:

    I’m all for it.

  11. T.T. Allain says:

    Will there be a subsidy or an exclusion for animals owned by illegal immigrants? Of cours there will be–Gil Cedillo will see to that! Like the Dream Act, we can’t have illegals contributing to the coffers of the state!

  12. D.M says:

    Its against my pets religion. It will not take part in the mark of the beast.

  13. bill says:

    After reading the comments by those who are against it I have to wonder if they even understand what micro chipping is about. It will save the lives of tens of thousands of cats and dogs. I guess those who are against it like to kill cats and dogs. Maybe they need to be the ones micro chipped so the funny farm will know where the inmates are when they get picked up. Those who think this has anything to do with illegal immigrants, need help.

  14. Gen4Californian says:

    The outrage is the $300 Million spent to shelter animals when we have so many human beings sleeping on the streets, 2/3 of them Vets and many with mental illnesses that go untreated and leave them living in fear on the street. When will we stop putting animals ahead of people? And yes, too much government, again.

  15. swhitS says:

    Your taking away my rights again and it will stop. My pet, my right whether to chip or not. Not yours!
    Next it will be humans.

  16. swhitS says:

    People should look up the makers of the V- Chip and who they are working for. New World Order wants you all microchipped. All your financials and medical records will be implanted. That way if you do something they do not like (ie:jaywalking,writing on the net against gov etc.,) – bingo……… You are cut off from your money and meds.

    1. Astonished says:

      Yep I was right. Era 1950’s paranoia!

      I seriously doubt the Government wants to monitor all you citizens through microchips. They’re far to busy pandering to the illegals!

  17. ES says:

    It does not cost $400 to microchip a pet! Where are they getting this figure??!? It costs anywhere from $15 to $25 at most!

  18. JBW says:

    $400? Hey, CBS, you might want your so-called ‘reporters’ to lay off the medical MJ on the job. It costs anywhere from 15-40 bucks depending on where you get your pet micro-chipped. The ASPCA and Humane Society both have programs that make it easy and inexpensive and often will micro-chip animals as they are found. Next time CBS wants to rile up righteous right wingers, try doing it with a little better research.

  19. paul says:

    Sorry NC already requires microchips in pets.

  20. vetech says:

    Having animals micochipped does giaranetee that the anmals wiIl be returned home. . Some owners never update there information when they moved or change there address. I have been wating over 2 years for there return.

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