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California Bill Bans Retail Sale of Non-Rescue Dogs & Cats Across Entire State

On Tuesday, California lawmakers passed a bill that, they hope, will finally put an end to the cruel practice of commercial dog, cat, and rabbit breeding in the state.

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Following in the highly successful footsteps of 35 cities across the state, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and, most recently, San Francisco, California lawmakers voted in a remarkable 38 to 0 victory to pass a bill that would ban the sale of non-rescued dogs, cats, and rabbits in retail stores statewide.

Bill 485, commonly known as the Pet Rescue & Adoption Act, makes it unlawful for retail stores to sell dogs, cats, or rabbits unless the animal was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, SPCA shelter, Humane Society Shelter, or other 501(c)(3) rescue organization.

The bill, which was designed to target puppy mills and backyard breeders, and also to cut down on the vast number of animals that are euthanized in California shelters every year, promises to deliver a blow to the puppy mill industry based on huge success in Los Angeles.

“Most Californians agree that we need to put the brakes on the mass breeding of animals who end up in local shelters, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to care for and eventually euthanize,” said Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton). “AB 485 will take the puppy mills out of pet stores and give shelter animals a better chance of being adopted.”

Under the new law, individuals can still buy animals from licensed breeders, but retails shops can not sell them – they are only permitted to adopt out animals that come from shelters, Humane Societies and registered rescue groups.

The bill will now go to back to the Assembly Floor for a concurrence vote on the amendments adopted in the Senate where it is expected to pass on Friday. Following that vote, it will head to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for a signature.

California residents and supporters are encouraged to email, write or fax Governor Brown and urge him to sign the bill.

Contact information is as follows:
• Email:  [email protected]

• U.S. Mail:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

•Fax: (916) 558-3160

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Darlene

    Sep 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Would love to see this law for all animals. In all states.

  2. Elle

    Sep 17, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    The rescue dog business is booming and people are too blind to see it. Lots of money being made especially when there's thousands of foreign 'rescue dogs' being brought in that displace local adoptions. Want to reduce euthanasia rates in shelters? Well then stop allowing the import of 'rescue dogs' from other coutntries not to mention the disease and parasite issues !
    Why anyone would think it's acceptable baffles me. For each imported dog that arrives, one LOCAL adoption dog is displaced and guess what? Euthanized !

    I've worked in shelters and I will tell you straight up – the mandate is to make money. It's a business …

  3. Terri Morley

    Sep 17, 2017 at 3:07 am

    So I'm processing the biggest picture I can see. Who monitors the pet stores? The way it is written sounds like these pets would have a micro chip in them at time of entering a pet shop?

  4. Francine Cordone

    Sep 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Would love it in New York State and then all over the USA and then the World.
    Wouldn't that be nice?

  5. Luisa D'Angelo

    Sep 14, 2017 at 4:01 am

    It's a fantastic idea!

  6. Dorene

    Sep 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I certainly would! This should of been a law a long time ago!

  7. Milanne Rehor

    Sep 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Absolutely support, nationwide, long long overdue.

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