Houston pet owners must now microchip their animals to avoid fine

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Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, the City of Houston will require all dog and cat owners to microchip their pets. City officials say the microchips will help the city return lost pets to their owners and register them.

Houston City Council passed an ordinance in 2022 to require any resident in the city that owns a dog or a cat at least four months old to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. The year-long grace period ends Wednesday as the law goes into effect. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner reminded residents in a Houston City Council meeting on Wednesday morning.

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“Please get your pets chipped, and let’s move forward,” Turner said.



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