BrennaSPRINGFIELD- Willow the cat disappeared from her home. Jamie and Chris Squires thought they would never see her again. Little did they know that five years later, thanks to a microchip they installed, she would be found about 1,800 miles away.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to ensure dog and cat owners are reunited with faster by passing House Bill 4029.

This initiative requires animal shelters to scan a dog or cat within 24 hours of being taken into a shelter.

“My dog Brenna is like a member of my family. If something happened to her, like most pet owners we would want to find her as soon as possible,” said Cullerton. “This legislation puts protections in place for cat or dog owners to find lost animals quickly and efficiently.”

Currently, under the Animal Control Act, public animal shelters are not required to scan for microchips. Dogs and cats can be adopted and euthanized from shelters without scanning for a microchip first.

“This is common-sense legislation that will save the lives of dogs and cats as well as save shelters money by only having to take care of pets who don’t have owners,” said Cullerton.
HB 4029 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.