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          Date of Hearing:   February 10, 2011

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES
                                Nancy Skinner, Chair
                   ACR 2 (Smyth) - As Introduced:  January 4, 2011
          SUBJECT  :   Spay Day USA 2011.

           SUMMARY  :   Declares February 22, 2011, to be Spay Day USA 2011 
          in California; and requests that Californians observe that day 
          by having their dogs and cats spayed or neutered and by 
          contributing to organizations that provide spay and neuter 
          services.  Specifically,  this resolution  makes the following 
          legislative findings: 

          1)More than 830,000 dogs and cats entered animal shelters in 
            California during 2009, and an additional unknown number of 
            animals die each year due to abandonment, neglect, abuse, 
            starvation, or cruelty.

          2)The cost to California government and nonprofit agencies of 
            handling and euthanizing discarded animals is estimated to 
            approach one-quarter of one billion dollars per year; and, it 
            is the policy of the State of California that animal shelters 
            should aggressively promote spay and neuter programs to reduce 
            pet overpopulation.

          3)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 2011," an annual campaign of the Humane 
            Society of the United States.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   None


          None on file.

          None on file.


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          Analysis Prepared by  :    Anna McCabe / RLS. / (916) 319-2800