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In the United States, municipal shelters are overcrowded with adoptable dogs and cats.
The programs are a tax burden for many cities and towns, and unfortunately, many pets never get to live out their lives and are euthanized to make room for new arrivals.
Many organizations and rescues work hard to reduce the number of pets in kill shelters, but now the California State Governor’s Office is joining the efforts and making strides to increase the adoption rates of shelter dogs (cats and rabbits too).
Governor Jerry Brown signed into effect a state-wide law mandating any pet shop the sells cats and dogs now offer shelter animals from municipal shelters and non-profit rescue groups to their customers or face fines.
The legislation is one of the first of its kind in the nation and aims to get as many adoptable pets in front of potential families as possible while reducing pet profiteering.
Many legitimate breeders are that the new legislation will reduce pet choice, potentially hurt hundreds of jobs in California, and does not distinguish between registered breeders and profiteers. However, the new law does not preclude private sales of puppies and dogs, and all potential customers are urged to seek only legitimate breeders.
California, alone, spends more than $250 million of taxpayer money annually to house and euthanize adoptable pets while the puppy mill industry produces unhealthy dogs bred in poor conditions. Though the new State law makes it somewhat more difficult to acquire just any breed or designer dog, it does protect both the consumer and the dogs.
The law also enacts, state-wide, a trend developing in California cities. 35 California cities already have similar laws in their municipal code, proving that the law is not frivolous or part of anyone’s agenda. This is a law that the people want in California, and it will reduce the number of dogs, cats, and rabbits in shelters and at rescues.