A new law set for April 2018 requiring animal shelters, rescue groups, and other organizations that take in found pets will make sure they check to see if the animal has a microchip and contact the owners of that pet within 24 hours.

A new law has passed in New York that will help pet owners reunite with lost dogs and cats.

It requires animal shelters, rescue groups, and other organizations that take in found pets to check to see if they have a microchip and contact the owners of that pet within 24 hours.

"It takes less than a minute to scan a pet and they're very effect," says Gillian Hargrave, vice president and COO at Lollypop Farms. "If at any point we find an animal with a microchip, we're able to then find their owners."

Microchip law aims to help reunite lost pets with owners

The law, expected to go into effect in April of 2018, will also require the state to put together a list of rules to help standardize microchip technology.