Kudos to caring California residents, including the folks at Social Compassion in Legislation, for helping to get SB 250, known as the Pet Responsibility Act, passed by the California Senate.
Introduced by state Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, SB 250 would require that nearly all dogs and free-roaming cats be spayed or neutered. (Breeders would be required to obtain permits to keep unaltered animals.) California spends $250 million every year to shelter homeless animals, many of whom are eventually euthanized.
If it passes the State Assembly, SB 250 will save lives. After Santa Cruz County enacted similar legislation, the number of euthanized animals dropped by 60 percent, so it’s crucial that this legislation becomes law.
Concerned Californians—please don’t wait to write a letter (calls and e-mails won’t be effective at this time) to your state assemblymember in support of SB 250. Put this quick, simple task on today’s “To Do” list and it can lead to a huge victory for animals on tomorrow’s “Ta-da!” list.
Written by Karin Bennett