BILL NUMBER: SCR 9 CHAPTERED BILL TEXT RESOLUTION CHAPTER 13 FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 19, 2007 ADOPTED IN SENATE FEBRUARY 22, 2007 ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY MARCH 15, 2007 INTRODUCED BY Senator Steinberg (Coauthors: Assembly Members Galgiani, Jones, and Levine) FEBRUARY 14, 2007 Relative to Spay Day USA 2007. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SCR 9, Steinberg. Spaying and neutering. This measure would declare February 27, 2007, to be Spay Day USA 2007, and would request that Californians observe that day by having their dogs or cats spayed or neutered and by contributing to organizations that provide spay and neuter services. WHEREAS, At least a quarter million dogs and possibly twice as many cats are euthanized in California each year; and WHEREAS, In most instances these dogs and cats are young, healthy, and friendly animals who are euthanized simply because there are not enough good homes for them; and WHEREAS, An additional unknown number of animals die each year due to abandonment, neglect, abuse, starvation, or cruelty because they are unwanted; and WHEREAS, The spaying or neutering of dogs and cats helps solve this tragic problem by reducing the number of unwanted animals; and WHEREAS, Californians can contribute to this effort by spaying or neutering their own companion animals and by supporting programs in their communities that offer accessible spay and neuter services; and WHEREAS, Veterinarians, humane societies, animal control agencies, and national and local animal welfare organizations will join together to advocate the spaying or neutering of dogs and cats on "Spay Day USA 2007"; and WHEREAS, In particular, the Sacramento area has become a leader in coordination of Spay Day USA events, spaying or neutering nearly 1,000 dogs and cats during each of the past three years, with nearly 1,000 dogs and cats scheduled for Spay Day USA 2007; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California declares February 27, 2007, to be Spay Day USA 2007 and that Californians are requested to observe the day by having their dogs or cats spayed or neutered and by contributing to charitable organizations that provide spay and neuter services, and that California veterinarians are requested to work with animal shelters and rescue groups to provide accessible spay and neuter services; and be it further Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.