Advocacy

CalAnimals recognizes that playing an active role in Sacramento is a vital part of ensuring the welfare of California's animals and the communities we serve. Since 2009, we have retained a professional legislative advocate who works on behalf of our members to ensure that we have a voice in legislation affecting animal shelters as well as our state's animals, whether stray, homeless, or abused animals. 

 

In addition to sponsoring legislation creating substantive protections for animals, such as bills that banned the roadside sales of animals, established minimum standards for pet boarding facilities, placed restrictions on the ability of flea markets to allow sales of animals, and established a voluntary tax checkoff to benefit homeless and abused animals, CalAnimals actively supports sensible animal-related legislation. In addition, CalAnimals works with sponsors and legislators to improve animal-related bills and actively opposes bills that are not in the best interests of California's animals and the communities we serve.

 

New & Pending Legislation

Updated (4/29/2022)

AB 1881 Dog and Cat Bill of Rights

2022 Bill - Opposed unless Amended

This bill would enact the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, and would require every public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group to post a copy of the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights. The bill would impose a civil penalty for failure to post the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, as specified.

AB 2606 Cats: Declawing Procedures: Prohibition

2022 Bill - Support

This bill would prohibit a person from performing surgical claw removal, declawing, or a tendonectomy on any cat or otherwise altering a cat’s toes, claws, or paws to prevent or impair the normal function of the cat’s toes, claws, or paws, except for a therapeutic purpose. The bill would subject a person that violates that prohibition to specified civil penalties.

AB 1648 Disaster Preparedness: Animal Evacuation Plans

2022 Bill - Support

This bill would require a city or county that requires a kennel license or permit to operate a kennel within its jurisdiction, to require, as a condition for obtaining the kennel license or permit, that the kennel owner create and submit to the city or county an animal natural disaster evacuation plan for any kennel covered by the license or permit.

SB 1029 One Health Program: zoonotic diseases

2022 Bill - Support

This bill would require the State Department of Public Health and the Department of Food and Agriculture to jointly establish and administer the One Health Program for the purpose of developing a framework for interagency coordination in responding to zoonotic diseases and reducing hazards to human and nonhuman animal health, in accordance with the One Health principles set forth by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill contains other related provisions.

SB 971 Low Income Housing-Household Pets

2022 Bill - Support

This bill would, for allocation for the 2022 calendar year and thereafter, require CTCAC and CDLAC to revise the scoring system to maximize the compassionate and efficient use of public subsidy and benefit created through the private activity bond and low-income housing tax credit programs. In addition to those factors under existing law, the bill would require the scoring system to include a project’s policy that allows the resident of the housing development to keep one or more common household pets, as defined, in the resident’s dwelling unit. The bill would require the scoring system to provide point value to a project that imposes reasonable conditions, including, but not limited to, limitations on the number of animals in a unit based on the unit’s size and prohibitions on potentially dangerous or vicious dogs, as specified. Under the bill, a reasonable condition does not include a prohibition on a breed of common household pets or a limitation on the weight of the common household pet. The bill would also require the scoring system to provide additional point value to a project that does not impose a monthly fee associated with the keeping of one or more common household pets in a unit.

SB 513 Homeless Shelters Grants: Pets and Veterinary Services

2022 Bill - Support

This bill would require the department, subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act, to develop and administer a program to award grants to qualified homeless shelters, as described, for the provision of shelter, food, and basic veterinary services for pets owned by people experiencing homelessness.

AB 1901 Dog training services and facilities: requirements

2022 Bill

he bill would require a dog trainer to disclose in writing certain information to a purchaser of dog training services, including whether the trainer is licensed or certified by an animal training organization.

AB 1781 Safe Transportation of Dogs & Cats

2022 Bill - Support

This bill would require the conditions in a mobile or traveling housing facility, as defined, for dogs and cats to not endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal. The bill would apply to public and private organizations, including animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane society shelters.

AB 2723 Animals: Microchips: Theft

2022 Bill

This bill would additionally require the owner or new owner of the dog or cat to be registered with the microchip registry company as the primary owner of the dog or cat. The bill would prohibit the agency, shelter, or group from being listed as the primary owner of the dog or cat beginning 90 days after the dog or cat has been released to the owner or adopted, sold, or given away to a new owner. The bill would also prohibit a dog or cat from being reclaimed by a person other than the person registered with the microchip company as the primary owner unless the primary owner has authorized that person to reclaim the dog or cat.

CalAnimals extends our sincere gratitude to Governor Newsom and the state legislature for including a total of $50 million in our state budget to provide support for an animal shelter grant program at the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program.
 
AB 132 – Postsecondary Education Bill
2021 Bill – SUPPORT
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