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          56 (Linder)

          As Amended  August 31, 2015

          Majority vote

          |ASSEMBLY:  |79-0  |(July 16,      |SENATE: |40-0  |(September 2,    |
          |           |      |2015)          |        |      |2015)            |
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          Original Committee Reference:  G.O.

          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.  This bill is non-fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel.


          Background:  According to the State Humane Association of  
          California, over 800,000 animals each year are taken into  


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          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  

          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.

          The Senate amendments make technical and clarifying changes.

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


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