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There are too many animals that don't have proper homes, in addition to sick and abused animals that, without human intervention, wouldn't stand a chance in the wild. Sometimes, a shelter is an animal's last chance for survival. So when an animal is brought to a shelter, its time there shouldn't be limited by the law.
But California Governor Jerry Brown is trying to pass an initiative that would further limit an animal's time at a shelter from four to six days to just 72 hours. After that period the state would no longer cover costs for the animal's care. In addition, the proposal says there would be no required holding period for pets like turtles or guinea pigs; they could be killed immediately.
This means that many more otherwise healthy and adoptable animals would be euthanized each year — simply to save the state some money.
Ask Governor Brown: when are we going to stop making our animals pay for our debts?
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
As a dedicated animal advocate, I am deeply concerned about animal welfare in California. Your recent budget-saving proposal to limit shelter stays to 72 hours is troubling.
If passed, this initiative will be responsible for a huge spike in shelter animal euthanasia per year. As it is now, animals must be kept in a shelter four to six days before they are eligible for euthanasia. It's already too short, but three days is undoubtedly not enough time for an animal to be adopted. So, otherwise healthy and adoptable animals will be killed.
We cannot continue to allow our animals to pay for our own debts. You must find another way to save money in California.