Urgent California Alert: Support the Pet Responsibility Act – Call Today!

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on August 23, 2010

Update 9/1/10: According to a report on lbreport.com, on August 31, the Assembly voted to defeat SB 250, the "Pet Responsibility Act," effectively killing the measure for the remainder of this legislative session. ALDF would like to thank everyone who made phone calls in support of this bill.

Your call can help stem the travesty of the 500,000+ companion animals that are euthanized every year in California.

SB 250 — the Pet Responsibility Act – is now ready for a final assembly vote and your Assemblymember needs to hear from you today!

After lying dormant for almost a year, SB 250 is now just hours away from receiving a final vote in the Assembly. Please call your Assemblymember today and urge their vote for this important legislation.

Each year, over $250 million dollars are spent sheltering and euthanizing dogs and cats in California. Approximately one million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and over half of them are euthanized simply because there are not enough homes.

SB 250, based on successful laws in Santa Cruz and New York City, provides a reasonable, fiscally-responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California. The bill simply requires that dogs be sterilized unless their owners/guardians obtain a special license (if required under existing local ordinances), and that cats allowed to roam at-large also be spayed or neutered. The bill provides safeguards for animals whose health makes sterilization inadvisable; and its wholly-discretionary penalties would not be applicable to those who responsibly care for feral cat colonies.

Please call your assemblymember today and ask for them to vote in favor of SB 250!

Overview of SB 250 (From YesOnSB250.com)   

SB 250 does not outlaw unaltered animals. If a dog is licensed and the owner/guardian is following current animal laws, SB 250 has no effect on them. Similarly, if someone’s cat does not roam outdoors, it can remain unaltered.

SB 250 does not cost the state any money. Similar laws have reduced costs and increased revenues through increased licensing.

Similar laws have not resulted in more animals being surrendered by owners.

Similar laws have resulted in increased licensing of pets, and decreased shelter intake and euthanasia.

SB 250 does not allow animal control to seize animals.


SB 250 does not allow animal control to automatically spay or neuter animals.
Only when an unlicensed, unaltered dog or roaming, unaltered cat is impounded, does animal control have the option to require a spay or neuter, but the responsibility falls on the owner.

SB 250 is NOT mandatory spay and neuter. Anyone can still have an unaltered animal.

Read the current status/history/text of SB 250 here.

Please call your assemblymember today and ask for them to vote in favor of SB 250! If you do not know your legislator, click here.

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY

MEMBER NAME
PARTY
DISTRICT
CAPITOL PHONE
Adams, Anthony
Rep
59th
(916) 319-2059
Ammiano, Tom
Dem
13th
(916) 319-2013
Anderson, Joel
Rep
77th
(916) 319-2077
Arambula, Juan
Ind
31st
(916) 319-2031
Bass, Karen
Dem
47th
(916) 319-2047
Beall, Jim Jr.
Dem
24th
(916) 319-2024
Berryhill, Bill
Rep
26th
(916) 319-2026
Berryhill, Tom
Rep
25th
(916) 319-2025
Blakeslee, Sam
Rep
33rd
(916) 319-2033
Block, Marty
Dem
78th
(916) 319-2078
Blumenfield, Bob
Dem
40th
(916) 319-2040
Bradford, Steven
Dem
51st
(916) 319-2051
Brownley, Julia
Dem
41st
(916) 319-2041
Buchanan, Joan
Dem
15th
(916) 319-2015
Caballero, Anna M.
Dem
28th
(916) 319-2028
Calderon, Charles M.
Dem
58th
(916) 319-2058
Carter, Wilmer Amina
Dem
62nd
(916) 319-2062
Chesbro, Wesley
Dem
1st
(916) 319-2001
Conway, Connie
Rep
34th
(916) 319-2034
Cook, Paul
Rep
65th
(916) 319-2065
Coto, Joe
Dem
23rd
(916) 319-2023
Davis, Mike
Dem
48th
(916) 319-2048
De La Torre, Hector
Dem
50th
(916) 319-2050
De Leon, Kevin
Dem
45th
(916) 319-2045
DeVore, Chuck
Rep
70th
(916) 319-2070
Eng, Mike
Dem
49th
(916) 319-2049
Evans, Noreen
Dem
7th
(916) 319-2007
Feuer, Mike
Dem
42nd
(916) 319-2042
Fletcher, Nathan
Rep
75th
(916) 319-2075
Fong, Paul
Dem
22nd
(916) 319-2022
Fuentes, Felipe
Dem
39th
(916) 319-2039
Fuller, Jean
Rep
32nd
(916) 319-2032
Furutani, Warren T.
Dem
55th
(916) 319-2055
Gaines, Ted
Rep
4th
(916) 319-2004
Galgiani, Cathleen
Dem
17th
(916) 319-2017
Garrick, Martin
Rep
74th
(916) 319-2074
Gatto, Mike
Dem
43rd
(916) 319-2043
Gilmore, Danny D.
Rep
30th
(916) 319-2030
Hagman, Curt
Rep
60th
(916) 319-2060
Hall, Isadore III
Dem
52nd
(916) 319-2052
Harkey, Diane L.
Rep
73rd
916) 319-2073
Hayashi, Mary
Dem
18th
(916) 319-2018
Hernandez, Edward P.
Dem
57th
(916) 319-2057
Hill, Jerry
Dem
19th
(916) 319-2019
Huber, Alyson
Dem
10th
(916) 319-2010
Huffman, Jared
Dem
6th
(916) 319-2006
Jeffries, Kevin
Rep
66th
(916) 319-2066
Jones, Dave
Dem
9th
(916) 319-2009
Knight, Steve
Rep
36th
(916) 319-2036
Lieu, Ted W.
Dem
53rd
(916) 319-2053
Logue, Dan
Rep
3rd
(916) 319-2003
Lowenthal, Bonnie
Dem
54th
(916) 319-2054
Ma, Fiona
Dem
12th
(916) 319-2012
Mendoza, Tony
Dem
56th
(916) 319-2056
Miller, Jeff
Rep
71st
(916) 319-2071
Monning, William W.
Dem
27th
(916) 319-2027
Nava, Pedro
Dem
35th
(916) 319-2035
Nestande, Brian
Rep
64th
(916) 319-2064
Niello, Roger
Rep
5th
(916) 319-2005
Nielsen, Jim
Rep
2nd
(916) 319-2002
Norby, Chris
Rep
72nd
(916) 319-2072
Pérez, John A.
Dem
46th
(916) 319-2046
Pérez, V. Manuel
Dem
80th
(916) 319-2080
Portantino, Anthony J.
Dem
44th
(916) 319-2044
Ruskin, Ira
Dem
21st
(916) 319-2021
Salas, Mary
Dem
79th
(916) 319-2079
Saldaña, Lori
Dem
76th
(916) 319-2076
Silva, Jim
Rep
67th
(916) 319-2067
Skinner, Nancy
Dem
14th
(916) 319-2014
Smyth, Cameron
Rep
38th
(916) 319-2038
Solorio, Jose
Dem
69th
(916) 319-2069
Strickland, Audra
Rep
37th
(916) 319-2037
Swanson, Sandre R.
Dem
16th
(916) 319-2016
Torlakson, Tom
Dem
11th
(916) 319-2011
Torres, Norma J.
Dem
61st
(916) 319-2061
Torrico, Alberto
Dem
20th
(916) 319-2020
Tran, Van
Rep
68th
(916) 319-2068
Villines, Michael N.
Rep
29th
(916) 319-2029
Yamada, Mariko
Dem
8th
(916) 319-2008


3 thoughts on “Urgent California Alert: Support the Pet Responsibility Act – Call Today!

  1. Anne Ramsey says:

    I would help if ALDF would provide a prepared message that users could click that would automatically bombard both the senators and assembly members with your important agenda.

    Thank you for all the wonderful work you do on behalf of our animal friends.

  2. We are asking supporters to call their assemblymember today as the vote is early this week. While an automated email message is beneficial in some cases, a call is what is needed for this piece of legislation at this time. Thank you for your support!

  3. Dee Ohliger says:

    The state already has a similiar law and I wish I had the number in front of me. Basicly states that the dog license fee for an unaltered animals will be twice as much as the fee for an altered animal.

    In our county unaltered dog license for one year – $20, altered animal = $10.

    So what’s the big change?