California groups shaping policy to save adoptable pets, keep expenses in check
Hayden's Law prevents euthanizations, expensive
Last Updated: 43 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - People in California are trying to come up with a plan to save as many adoptable and treatable animals that come into the shelter systems as possible.
So far, this is the draft of recommendations that has been released. It covers everything from providing adequate space for specific sizes and weights of animals to faster adoption times. And the recommendations continued to flow in today.
Each year thousands of animals come into the shelter systems here in Kern County
"We take in, between the county and city shelter and even the SPCA, about 32,000 animals a year, of those, about 22,000 are euthanized," said Julie Johnson, Executive Director of the Bakersfield SPCA.
But this is not just a problem here, but all over California
In 1998, in hopes of reconnecting more lost pets with their homeowners, Senator Tom Hayden introduced SB 1785, also known as the Hayden Law-- cities and counties claimed that some provisions increased expenses, and since 2001, portions of the Hayden Law have been unfunded.
In the wake of Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to repeal the law, a group of stakeholders made their last stop of a statewide tour in Bakersfield to try to find a solution
"All to try to come up with some best recommendations for how can we keep the great pieces of Hayden, and how can we make changes to the pieces that we can no longer mandate without having funding through the state of California," Johnson said.
Opponents and supporters of the Hayden Law each want to make sure every animal that comes into a shelter system receives quality care and an opportunity to live.
"In the end, we are all trying to come up with the best that are going to ensure that we are saving more lives in our shelters rather than euthanizing or having them go to a bad outcome," said Johnson.
Anyone can still submit comments to the board with suggestions on improving the quality of animal's lives at www.CAShelteringReport.org .
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