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In the News
Apr 25, 2016 - CA is One Step Closer to Banning Pound Seizure of Live Animals.
AB 2269, which outlaws the sale/transfer of live animals from animal shelters to any animal dealer/research facility for purposes of research or experimentation, passed the Assembly today 70-0! We are grateful to Assemblymember Marie Waldron for authoring the bill. AB 2269 is co-sponsored by SHAC and Cruelty Free International.
Feb 4, 2016 - Establishing Standards at Pet Boarding Facilities.
This year SHAC is sponsoring new legislation to establish minimum standards of care and safety at pet boarding facilities. Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 945, which will provide pet boarding operators with clear guidance about the health and safety standards needed at their facilities. See the press release for more details.
Jan 1, 2016 - California Income Tax Return Checkoff.
The Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty Fund made its debut on several 2015 California Personal Income Tax Returns (540, 540 2EZ, 540 NR, and 541, Schedule C). As one of the 19 voluntary contribution funds available to taxpayers, the Fund will provide grants to animal control agencies, SPCAs, and humane societies for programs related to preventing homelessness, cruelty and neglect. Contributions can be made on Line 431 of any of these California income tax returns: 540 2EZ, 540, 540NR Long or Short Form, and 541, Schedule C. Read more about the fund in our Press Release.
Sept 3, 2015 - California Declares the Shelter Pet as the Official State Pet.
The State Legislature has passed a concurrent resolution declaring the Shelter Pet as the official California State Pet. The resolution, ACR 56, was introduced by Assemblymember Eric Linder (R-Corona). We so are grateful to Assemblymember Linder for his willingness to advocate for animals in need. The Shelter Pet will join California's 37 existing official symbols, ranging from the State Flower (the Golden Poppy) to the State Soil (the San Joaquin Soil). Read the full resolution - ACR 56 and more details in our press release.
Animal Cruelty, Education and Investigation
May 24, 2017 - Burbank, CA
The How and Why to Prosecute Animal Cruelty Cases
June 7, 2017 - webinar
Euthanasia by Injection
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)
Oct 16-27, 2017 - San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)
April 23-28, 2017 - The Marin Humane Society, Novato, CA
Animal Care Conference
March 18-20, 2018 - Long Beach, CA
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