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Animal Welfare Bill Idea

Idea: Promote trap, neuter and release to the 10 animal control facilities in Northern and Southern California with the highest kill rates of cats.

Offer aid to those facilities to run these programs for three years. To do 25-40 male and female cats bi-monthly to help curb feline overpopulation.

If the budget is impacted, we could make it where we could do matching funds for counties and cities.

The goal is to reduce the number of felines in our pounds populating the cages so we can reduce future generations populating our animal control facilities.

The plan is to fund the program for 3 years, then get the program reviewed to see how effective it is before it could be renewed for another 3 years.

The idea is a winning idea for many cities already, but some cities and counties need a nudge to do the right thing.

If it works for Rancho Cuccamonga and Oakland, it should work for a cash strapped city such as San Bernardino who would be open to it, or a reluctant county such as San Bernardino who would likely consider it if they had the money.

Keep on Calling State Legislators about Hayden’s Law

The reality of repealing the reforms

Like a zombie, this issue is not going to go away. The state budget is 8 billion more than anticipated at 16 billion and certain programs are going to be curtailed or abolished in the Governor’s May budget revision and the Hayden Law is on the chopping block. Please call your state legislators in California and encourage them not to abolish the Hayden Law on shelter animals which gives animals at least 6 business days to make sure lost pets at least can get claimed by their owners or give the animals a fair chance to find a home before the sad reality hits.

This issue was previously covered on my blog here. The Hayden Law has been suspended until we can afford to pay its mandates, but abolishing the Hayden Law is going to be worse because we would have to pass this legislation all over again and animals would lose protections permanently until we do so.

If you want to find out who your legislator is you should visit this link here.

If you want to know if you are lucky enough to have a member of the Assembly or State Senate budget committee representing you visit them.

I have some solutions to help ease the issue to make a compromise on this issue. We could lower the hold time from six business days to five business days. Second, we could add a nominal fee to the dog and cat licenses or kennel fees that cities, counties and contracted agencies charge to help pay for what the Hayden Law does. I was suggesting 25 cents extra each year for senior licenses and 50 cents extra each year for regular licenses and 2-5 bucks extra each year for kennel licenses.

Super Senior May at the San Bernardino County Animal Services Centers

During the month of MAY, senior citizens can adopt a mature pet from one of the county’s three animal shelters, at little or no cost (licensing fees do apply). Mature pets are two years or older.
Help homeless pets to find loving homes and seniors to find great companions in this wonderful adoption event sponsored by the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF).

19777 Shelter Way  San Bernardino, CA 92314 909-887-8055 *

* This facility is traditionally the final stop for the county’s homeless animal population so if you find an animal you want go get it as soon as possible.

42080 N. Shore Drive  Big Bear City, CA 92314  (909) 866-4943

19575 Bear Valley Road Apple Valley, CA 92307 (760) 961-7535

So if you know of a senior who would like a furry friend of their own please let them know about this opportunity.

There are plenty of pets who would urgently love to have a home of their own!

Solutions To Alleviate Animal Control Centers

With this bad economy we are having many back yard breeders trying to make a buck and they could care less compared to the ones who have a more reputable process. In Ontario over 33 dogs got seized in mid April by the Inland Valley Humane Society. Sadly it costs money and sometimes lives of the existing animals that reside in the facilities due to the lack of space in the crowded facilities.

I would like to figure out ways to reduce hoarding and backyard breeding in the puppy mill variety. My idea is to seize the property such as the home and or the vehicles to help cover the costs of taking care of these animals. I would like to see municipalities and counties to use money to build a crisis center to make sure they can have surplus space to take care of these poor creatures that got abused by fate. It would be great if we had a satellite office to hold 75-100 dogs and 40 cats in cases such as this. Seizing property to recover costs would be one way to do this.

I think putting liens and or seizing property would be a high deterrent to make sure people are handling animals in a responsible matter.

Deadliest Budget Cut Ahead for Pets

California has a massive budget crisis and since our state is in a state of gridlock where Democrats refuse to concede cuts to their pet causes and Republicans failing to fund the expansive state budget, our Governor is trying to find so many small items to cut to help to provide substantive fiscal relief. The issue that has gotten thousands of animal welfare advocates mobilized is the movement to repeal the Hayden Law for shelter animals that was passed in 1998 and signed by Governor Wilson. Hayden’s legislation was intended to help reunite pets with their owners in the instance they may have become lost and also to encourage animal shelters to focus on working on adoptions instead of putting animals down.

In an effort to trim costs, the governor’s budgetary staff has stricken out particular parts of the law in their trailer bill that will likely be part of the next state budget. First, animal shelters will not be mandated to provide necessary and prompt care when an animal needs medical assistance so if an animal is in needed for treatment it will either suffer in pain or be the first one to be put down. Second, animals that are not traditionally dog or cat will not be guaranteed the new 72 hour hold period, if the shelter is in danger of running out of space they will likely be put down. Third, regulations that require accountability in our animal shelters will be repealed so we will not find out the status of any animal medically treated or impounded. Four, there will not be a six business day holding period if your animal runs out of your home. If you are on vacation and your pet is impounded on a weekend expect your animal to not see Monday. The new rule will be 72 hours from the date of impoundment including days animal control may be closed to the public.

The Hayden Law is still needed, and repealing the Hayden Law is very drastic when we can suspend relevant clauses until our state is in better fiscal health. Even so, shelters in various parts of our state have violated the Hayden Law for shelter animals and without the law expect it to happen across the state. We should be able to provide dignity and respect for the companion animals that many of us value. We should keep the law on the books to further the cause of adoption and reduce the instance of putting animals down. We need to clamp down on animal shelters that deny volunteers, refuse the acceptance of blankets to help keep animals comfortable in concrete or outdoor kennels and refuse to cooperate with rescue organizations that want to save animals from being put down due to crowded kennels.

Budget analysis’s claim that these changes will save 46 million dollars, but there are much bigger fish to fry for the state of California to have meaningful budget reform such as dealing with the looming public employee pension crisis or curtailing the spiraling costs of high speed rail. However the thousands of shelter animals do not have a lobby as viable as the SEIU or the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Organization. That is why people like you and me who live in our state are encouraged to lobby their state legislators and our governor to reject this misguided proposal. First, look up your state legislator and find out if they are a member of the state budget committee for the assembly or senate. If they are then it’s strongly encouraged to lobby them because they are able to kill the proposal before it gets to a full vote. Even if your legislator is not on the budget committee, if the misguided proposal passes, we need them to defeat it at the full floor vote.

Crossposted from Orange Juice blog.

Right Here Right Now

I was supposed to complete three classes at Chaffey College, but I could not stand one particular instructor so I only am working on two classes currently. Geography and World History after 1500 are doing pretty decent, I expect to get a high B in Geography and an A in World History.

Working on getting US History post 1865 enrolled again is going to be a fun challenge, I could either CLEP it or take it at Riverside Community College’s summer session. I want to make sure I start my credentialing program at Western Governor’s University by March at the latest.

The positive thing I would like to state is at least I am working on future progress, it may not be immediate. However it is getting there.

Also I did get some criticism for eating at Subway due to their sponsorship of Michael Vick. Problem is its not my personal choice to eat there, my sister drags me there. Anyways just like how people pay carbon offsets, I guess I could donate to an animal shelter or a rescue to make up for that. However Subway is not endorsing him per say, but the award in the BET awards was sponsored by them in general.

My other website is here, its my future political website. I am pondering my options and will make a formal announcement if I get the right connections to make political realities come true.

Dumb $#!+ of the Day

leave the helpless inside a hot car alone = broken windows

Hot weather does not mix if it is with children or animals. Recently a stupid woman spent three hours at the Ontario Mills mall and left her now dead puppy in her car because she was too lazy to take it home. The dog was rescued, but it had severe heat stroke and had to be put down.

The woman who owned the car where the incident occurred will face felony animal abuse charges.

Maybe we should make it legal for people to break the car window to rescue a young child or an animal on a very hot day, as long as you have a witness and call the police in advance.

However there are some informative tips in this article from the Animal Planet Pets blog.

Patrick’s Law (Proposal)

I would like to make it where if one does abuse to animals one would have to enter an offenders registry. This would provide a disincentive for people to treat animals like garbage.

This would be similar to the sex offenders registry. If someone willingly starved an animal to death, murdered or mutilated an animal they would be featured on this registry.

Breeders, animal shelters and pet stores would be required to check people’s names into the registry to make sure they are not selling animals to these people. And even if someone lives in the household they would be banned from owning animals if they live in the dwelling with the individual.

How would I fund this registry, I would mandate a $135 dollar fee to each new offender after we utilize a startup fund to keep the system active.