Governor Newsom Signs Two Animal Welfare Bills Into Law

Los Angeles, CA (6/13/19) – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is pleased that California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has signed two animal welfare bills, AB 1553 and AB 1565 into law. Both bills go into effect January 1, 2020.

AB 1553, introduced by Assemblymember Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) modernizes the language in existing codes with more current, appropriate terms. “Pound” is now changed to “animal shelter;” “poundkeeper” to “shelter director;” “pound officer” to “animal control officer;” “destroyed” to “euthanized;” and any reference to him/her has been removed. “What’s in a name? Everything,” said Madeline Bernstein, President spcaLA. “Elevating the language we use to identify our facilities and ourselves empowers animal welfare professionals, and better reflects the respect we feel for the animals we serve.”

AB 1565, introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authorizes kittens under 8 weeks of age to be made immediately available for adoption, if it reasonable to believe they are homeless. “The intent of AB1565 is to relieve some of the pressure felt by animal shelters from the influx of homeless kittens during the summer months,” Bernstein said.

For those who wish to assist the current booming cat overpopulation, please consider adopting from a shelter, supporting spay/neuter initiatives, or donating funds or needed items.

spcaLA is currently offering $20 cat adoptions for qualified adopters. Donations for cat and kitten care can be made online or to any spcaLA pet adoption center during business hours.