Texas Residents: Make Microchip Scanning Mandatory to Save Cats' Lives

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The Texas legislature is considering House Bill 2347 and Senate Bill 1855, which would make it mandatory for shelters to immediately scan every animal for a microchip upon impoundment. Many shelters still have outdated policies that kill cats, so getting cats out of the shelter system is vital to save their lives. The quicker a shelter scans a cat for a microchip, the quicker she can be returned to where she belongs—indoors or outdoors.

Citizens have their socialized and community cats microchipped believing it will help bring them home if they are ever lost or taken to a shelter. But without laws to make it a requirement, many shelters don’t scan for those microchips right away, if they scan at all.

A microchip can’t save a cat’s life unless somebody scans for it.

Contact your legislators and urge them to pass HB 2347 and SB 1855.


  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives


Please Support House Bill 2347 and Senate Bill 1855

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Texas, I ask that you please pass House Bill 2347 and Senate Bill 1855. If enacted into law, the bills would make it mandatory for shelters to scan every companion animal for a microchip immediately upon impoundment. Microchip technology saves animals' lives by reuniting lost pets with their owners and community cats with their caregivers and/or colonies, which are groups of bonded cats who live outdoors together.

However, a microchip can do nothing unless shelter staff scan for it right away.

People have their animals microchipped believing it will help bring them home should they ever be lost or impounded. They trust staff at their shelters to scan for those microchips and return their animals as soon as possible. By passing these bills, you ensure that returning our animals to their homes is a top priority in our state's shelters. I urge you to vote 'yes' on HB 2347 and SB 1855.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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