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State Humane Association of California

Our Mission
Lead, empower and strengthen its members through education, training, advocacy, and networking, while serving as the collective voice for California's humane societies, SPCAs, and animal care and control agencies

California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) and
State Humane Association of California (SHAC)
have merged into one organization!
We are now the California Animal Welfare Association.

The Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund is in jeopardy. If the Fund does not receive $250,000 in contributions in 2018, it will be dropped from the return. With only $13,000 received in January, we are in serious trouble. Please take a few moments to promote the Fund. These are some of things you can do:

1. Share our post on Facebook.
2. Retweet our tweet on Twitter.
3. Post on Instagram. Here is an Instagram-ready graphic.
4. Include info in your newsletter, on your website, and with your mailings. Click here for useful files, including the logo, a toolkit with FAQs, and a buckslip.
5. Do interviews on your local TV and radio stations.


In the News
Oct 16, 2017 - The Pet Rescue & Adoption Act.
The sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits will soon be illegal in California thanks to the hard work of Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell and staff, Social Compassion In Legislation (sponsor), other animal welfare groups (particularly CACDA and State Humane Association of California), and animal-loving folks across the state. The process wasn't easy, compromises were made, and there is still work to be done. Read more about AB 485

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.


Upcoming Courses

Euthanasia by Injection
March 27-28, 2018 - Novato, CA
April 16-17, 2018 - San Diego, CA
May 23-24, 2018 - Novato, CA

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)
April 9-20, 2018 - Novato, CA

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)
May 6-11, 2018 - Novato, CA

Webinar: Canine Influenza Virus in California
May 3, 2018 - online


Looking for a job in animal welfare? Visit our Careers page for current job openings throughout California.

For information about starting a new career as a humane officer or animal control officer, please read our Humane Officers page.


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Each of the SPCAs and humane societies in the United States is individually incorporated and operated. They are not directly affiliated with each other or with any national groups, such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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