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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. 

To learn more about legislative priorities and challenges we are currently facing in this state, please read this letter.

Legislation Passed in 2022

Updated (12/28/2022)

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AB 1648 Disaster Preparedness: Animal Evacuation Plans

This bill requires 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.

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SB 1029 One Health Program: zoonotic diseases

This bill requires the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife 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.

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SB 971 Low Income Housing-Household Pets

This bill requires any housing development that is financed on or after January 1, 2023, pursuant to the act or by any moneys administered or otherwise provided by the department, or that is the basis for the receipt, on or after January 1, 2023, of any low-income housing tax credit, as described, to authorize a resident of the housing development to own or otherwise maintain one or more common household pets, as defined, within the resident’s dwelling unit, subject to applicable state laws and local government ordinances related to public health, animal control, and animal anticruelty and other reasonable conditions, as defined. The bill would, among other things, prohibit the imposition of a monthly fee for the ownership or maintenance of a common household pet in these housing developments. This bill contains other existing laws.

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AB 1901 Dog training services and facilities: requirements

This bill requires a dog trainer to disclose in writing any civil judgements or criminal animal cruelty convictions to the purchaser of dog training services.

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AB 1781 Safe Transportation of Dogs & Cats

This bill requires 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 applies to public and private organizations, including animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane society shelters.

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AB 2723 Animals: Microchips: Theft

This bill requires that 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 prohibits 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. This bill requires a 2 year retention of records of all efforts made to contact the animal’s “demonstrated owner.”

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AB 1290 Crimes: theft: animals

This bill expands the scope of crimes of theft to include companion animals.

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