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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 and SPCAs. 


In the News
April 29, 2014 - Assemblymember Gatto Shelved AB 2343: Stray animals: pounds and shelters: adoption of dogs and cats.
Assemblymember Mike Gatto pulled AB 2343 from the committee hearing and the bill is therefore considered dead. SHAC had met with Assemblymember Gatto, along with a diverse group of sheltering and rescue leaders, to discuss our concerns with AB 2343.  Assemblymember Gatto listened carefully and came to the conclusion that, while the bill was well intentioned, it would not deliver the intended results.

April 16, 2014 - Joint Response from California Animal Control Directors Association and State Humane Association of California to Charting a Path Forward: Reaching California's policy to save all adoptable and treatable animals
In early 2012, four animal-welfare advocates formed a group to analyze and make recommendations regarding animal-sheltering practices in light of the suspension of state-mandated funding for animal shelters. An ensuing "stakeholders" group was selected by these four people and the entire process – including the meeting agendas, drafting of a resulting so-called "white paper", and the format of a statewide listening tour – was controlled by this group of four. Ultimately, this "white paper" – a document entitled Charting a Path Forward: Reaching California's policy to save all adoptable and treatable animals – is a reflection of these four peoples' views and priorities. Their views do not represent a unanimous agreement among the members of the stakeholder group itself or California's sheltering community as a whole. Hence, this paper should be viewed as an opinion piece, not as an authoritative document. CACDA and SHAC encourage all readers of the paper to fully understand its history and limitations. We welcome the input of California's animal-welfare community and seek to work with all stakeholders to reach the best result for the people and animals in California. Read the complete joint response from CACDA and SHAC.

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 or 831-402-7439. Find out more at

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.

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

Upcoming Courses
Animal Care Conference 2015
Sacramento, CA: March 8-10, 2015

Euthanasia by Injection
Roseville, CA: March 11-12, 2015

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Basic)
The Marin Humane Society (Novato, CA): March 16-27, 2015

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)
The Marin Humane Society (Novato, CA): April 12-17, 2015


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