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Support the California Healthy Pets Act

April 3, 2007

California Healthy Pets Act Seeks to Stem Animal Homelessness

The California Healthy Pets Act is a bill recently introduced in the state of California by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine. AB 1634 would require that all dogs and cats over four months of age adopted or purchased in California to be spayed or neutered. (Animal breeders would be required to obtain a special intact permit in order to be exempted from the requirement.)

Every year in the United States, an estimated three to four million cats and dogs are killed in animal shelters. Spaying and neutering animal companions is the best way to reduce the number of dogs and cats killed by decreasing the numbers of puppies and kittens being born. By requiring sterilization of all dogs and cats adopted and purchased in the state, AB 1634 would dramatically reduce the number of homeless animals killed in California shelters.

While spaying and neutering has proven the most effective method of stemming the dog and cat overpopulation crisis, there are added benefits to spaying and neutering our animal companions that most people are unaware of. Spayed female dogs and cats have no risk of contracting uterine cancer, and their risk of contracting breast cancer is significantly reduced. Sterilized male cats and dogs are less likely to roam in search of mates, helping to guard animals from fatal diseases like feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

What You Can Do

  • At least 30 states have passed legislation requiring sterilization of cats and dogs adopted from community shelters, but Levine's proposal goes further by holding animals purchased from pet stores or breeders to the same standards. If you would like to help prevent the needless deaths of homeless animals, contact your state senators and assembly members and encourage them to introduce similar bills in your home state.
  • California residents: The California Chapter of the League of Humane Voters (LOHV) is looking for volunteers to help with the effort to pass the California Healthy Pets Act. The first hearing on this matter will be held in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 10th. LOHV is setting up task committees in preparation, as animal breeders are already organizing their opposition to AB 1634 and will be out in force. LOHV is looking for dedicated, energetic volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and do some work on this important issue. If you would like to be part of the solution to animal homelessness, join one of the following committees:
  • Letter Writing Campaigns Committee
  • Fundraising Committee (to raise money for transportation to Sacramento for all committee hearing dates)
  • News Media Relations Committee
  • Media Events Committee
  • Campaign Outreach Committees (needed in as many communities throughout the state as possible)

For more information or to join the effort to pass AB 1634, call (323) 666-9075 or e-mail