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In the News
January 1, 2014 - Shelter Art Foundation Helps Shelters Take Better Photos
The Shelter Art Foundation's mobile studio has begun traveling around the country with mentors to work with animal shelters' photo teams. The Foundation will visit animal shelters and rescue groups who are interested in learning about making better photos of their adoptable animals. They offer mentoring and the loan of the equipment at no cost to shelters. If your shelter wants to be included in one of their stops contact them at info@ShelterArtFoundation.org or 831-402-7439. Find out more at www.ShelterArtFoundation.org.
September 20, 2013 - October is Shelter Pet Awareness Month
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 61 was passed and filed with the Secretary of State. Modified from its original declaration, the resolution now declares October as Shelter Pet Awareness Month.
Read the full text of Resolution 61.
September 6, 2013 - Governor Brown Signed AB 339 into Law
We are very pleased to announce that Assembly Bill 339 was signed by the Governor today. We are so grateful to Assemblymember Dickinson for championing this very important issue. This bill was co-sponsored by State Humane Association of California and Born Free USA to ban the sale of animals at swap meets. Because the swap-meet representatives wanted to regulate the sale of live animals at swap meets rather than ban the sale the bill was amended in order to reach a compromise. We agreed to a ban on the sale of live animals at swap meets unless a jurisdiction passes a local ordinance with certain minimum standards related to the care and treatment of the animals. These are enumerated in the bill and include such things as providing proper heat and ventilation, providing adequate space, and having an onsite visit by a California-licensed veterinarian annually. Read the bill in its entirety.
May 3, 2011 - SHAC Files Complaint Against the ASPCA with the Attorney General
The State Humane Association of California announced that a complaint has been filed with the Office of the Attorney General against the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The complaint alleges that ASPCA’s unfair and deceptive fundraising practices harm local humane societies and SPCAs by capitalizing on and reinforcing the widely-held mistaken belief that the ASPCA is a parent or umbrella organization to the thousands of humane societies and SPCAs across the country. Read the Press Release
Disaster Sheltering Workshop
spcaLA (Long Beach, CA): February 24-25, 2014
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)
The Marin Humane Society (Novato, CA): March 10-21, 2014
Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)
The Marin Humane Society (Novato, CA): April 6-11, 2014
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