Save Pets From Being Lost 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.


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.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alex Hrek


  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.

    • Gilda Provenzano says:

      I agree but there are idiots who do not believe in microchips. You cannot force them to chip pets. Like my idiot sister.

  2. Melissa Novak says:

    Something need to be done!

    • Gilda Provenzano says:

      Yes. But again. Biden cannot do anything about this. Not sure why his name is in this. He signed Animal Welfare Act.

      • Lawrence Holtzman says:

        Your correct Gilda. There are many good petitions on this site, however many go to people whom can do noting about the issue.

  3. Natalie Harrison says:

    Yes this is a definitely a must. Along with many establishments need to allow for families in these situations to be allowed help with there animals as well. They need to start not just think about humans but domestic animals as well.

  4. Maria Lavorato says:

    Make microchip of all pets MANDATORY by law ASAP. If you want to get a pet you must microchip then and there.

    Pets are family and should be rescued as any human would be!!!!

  5. This should not need to be a law. Those of us who care do it. If you refuse to do it you will not get an animal. Although I will never understand leaving your pets (family members) behind when you run, for those that do, this is a must.

  6. Not only would this be of great help to finding and reuniting lost pets it is also an excellent way of locating owners who abandon or abuse animals. That sounds like a win-win to me. And I know people cannot be forced to do this, but if the pet comes from a shelter, rescue or another group it needs to be mandatory that they are chipped with the new owners info. Not chipping seems to me like an easy out – no that poor dog bleeding from head to toe isn’t mine ….

  7. Cindy and Christine says:

    It is unconscionable to leave your animals behind to fend for themselves during natural disasters. They depend on their humans to safeguard them!!

  8. Microchips are not the only problem. Why do ppl leave their dogs while evacuating? Take your pets with you!!! They will not survive a fire or hurricane tied up!!!!

  9. Agree all comments they are the same as humans you buy them you save them. Laws need to change everyone forgets about animals forget people not animals . Bunch mongrels .

  10. JO DEFOSSE says:

    It’s not going far enough. Only chipping is not the only solution. Lots of them are chipped but not registred, or the info is not up to date , because of moving etc. Also there should be much more controle and high penalty’s. I supose that some of them once in a while need to go to the vet etc. , It’s also there responsability to controle it , and if not to inform the proper canals.

  11. Patricia Wicker says:

    Should be LAW!!!

  12. Andrew Wells says:

    It’s already law in the UK for cats and dogs, the only problem is we don’t have a national data base. But I agree with you it should be the law.

  13. Bev Woodburn says:

    Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States

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

    This must be introduced into Animal Protection LAWS immediately.

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