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          Date of Hearing:   January 7, 2016

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                                    Gordon, Chair

                      9 (McCarty) - As Amended  January 4, 2016

          SUBJECT:  Pet Care Education Month.

          SUMMARY:  Declares the month of January 2016 as Pet Care  
          Education Month and requests Californians to observe the month  
          by ensuring that their companion animals receive proper  
          preventative care by establishing a financial plan for pet  
          health emergencies and by contributing to charitable  
          organizations that provide services to help low-income  
          individuals pay for veterinary care.  Specifically, this  
          resolution makes the following legislative findings:

          1)An increasing number of dogs and cats in the United States do  
            not get the regular, preventative health care that they need  
            to stay healthy.  Animal welfare organizations often bear the  
            burden of dealing with animal health care issues that could  
            have been prevented, such as dental and skin issues,  
            nutritional deficiencies, heartworm, pyometra, distemper, and  

          2)The State of California encourages pet owners to take steps to  
            responsibly care for their pets, including providing for  
            responsible nutrition and regular visits to the veterinarian;  
            and ensuring their pets receive proper preventative care such  
            as vaccinations, spaying or neutering, oral care, and  
            heartworm prevention.


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          3)National and local animal welfare organizations, animal  
            shelters, animal control agencies, veterinarians and others  
            engaged in the care of feeding of pets will join together to  
            advocate for "Pet Care Education Month," which will help  
            Californians receive affordable preventative care for their  
            pets throughout the month of January 2016.
          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



          The Humane Society of the United States

          None on file

          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800