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          Date of Hearing:   July 8, 2015


                                  Adam Gray, Chair

          ACR 56  
          (Linder) - As Introduced April 20, 2015

          SUBJECT:  Official State Pet.

          SUMMARY:  This measure would declare a shelter pet as the  
          official State Pet. 

          EXISTING LAW:  Currently, California has 36 official state  
          symbols, ranging from the State Flower (the Golden Poppy) to the  
          State Soil (The San Joaquin Soil).

          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


           Background  :  According to the State Humane Association of  
          California, over 800,000 animals each year are taken into  
          California's public and private shelters. These shelters work  
          across the State to rescue, rehabilitate, and find a home for  
          these animals. However, due to limited time and lack of  
          resources, roughly 40% of shelter animals in California are  


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          According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty  
          to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 7.6 million companion animals  
          enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, roughly  
          3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Each year,  
          approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized, while 2.7  
          million shelter animals are adopted.

           Purpose of the Measure  : According to the author, Each year, more  
          than 800,000 animals are taken in by California's public and  
          private shelters, with fewer than half adopted into new homes.   
          SPCA's, municipal animal shelters and humane societies often  
          nurse severely sick animals back to health and are able to match  
          them with permanent homes. 

          Across the nation an estimated 3-4 million dogs and cats are  
          euthanized each year.  Although down from prior years, only  
          about 30% of pets in homes are from shelters, leaving millions  
          of shelter pets unadopted each year.

          Far too often, shelter animals are forgotten or mistreated, and  
          the people who work to save these animals are going above and  
          beyond.  By designating them the California State Pet, we bring  
          special awareness to the plight of these special animals.



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          State Humane Association of California (sponsor)

          Social Compassion in Legislation (co-sponsor)

          Beagle Freedom Project


          None Received 

          Analysis Prepared by:Kenton Stanhope / G.O. / (916) 319-2531


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