Protect Lost Pets During Natural Disasters

Target: Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States

Goal: Demand changes in microchip regulations to help owners reunite with their missing pets amidst more frequently occurring natural disasters.

It is absolutely devastating when a pet goes missing. Pets are more than just animals we take into our homes and feed, they are members of our family and it is our obligation to do what we can to protect them. Unfortunately, in the midst of Hurricane Ian and other increasingly frequent natural disasters, pets are going missing much more often. These animals can be swept up by raging waters and taken miles beyond their original homes, making it extremely difficult for owners to track their beloved pets.

Microchips exist as a method of finding and identifying lost pets, so that they may be returned to their rightful owners. However, despite their importance, there are currently no state or federal rules or regulations of microchips in the U.S. Typically, microchips are registered in the name of pet adoption organizations, making them the primary contact over pet owners. This slows down the process and decreases the chances of a pet being reunited with its original owner. Additionally, while there is no mandate on microchips, such legislation would likely save thousands of pets—as well as thousands of stressed out owners. Due to inflation and other economic issues, animals are being surrendered to shelters at a rampant pace which are, in turn, growing overcrowded. Many shelters have higher euthanasia rates than before, making it imperative that the these pets are found in a timely manner.

Sign this petition to demand the U.S. enforce stricter regulations on pet microchips. Now more than ever, we must take extra preventative measures to keep pets safe and with their families.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Biden,

More and more often, we are hearing stories of beloved pets getting tragically separated from their owners by devastating hurricanes and floods. While microchips exist as a method of reuniting pets with their families, there are currently no state or federal laws regulating microchips in the U.S. Especially in times of inflation where animal shelters are becoming overcrowded and are having to resort to euthanizing entirely adoptable animals, it is vital to come up with a better system to return pets to their owners quickly and safely.

We are asking you, Mr. Biden, to update microchip laws to include the mandate of microchips for pets and the listing of owners, rather than adoption or breeding agencies, as primary contacts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Yes, there are many storms, floods, and natural disasters every year. Pets are not just animals that we bring into our homes and feed them, they are members of our family and we have an obligation to do what we can to protect them. Finding pets by making policies is necessary and important to do in the future.

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