Thursday, April 30, 2009

New spay/neuter service in Bakersfield

Angel Dogs Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mobile spay/neuter services and education and outreach to Los Angeles and Kern Counties has begun providing spay/neuter services in Bakersfield.

Lisa Tipton, founder of Angel Dogs Foundation, explains her organization’s mission simply. “Our goals are to reduce impound and euthanasia rates at L.A. County and Kern shelters, and to educate the public to assist in eradicating the companion animal overpopulation crisis. We'd like to make spay and neuter more affordable and convenient for every pet owner, and to create a sustainable, self-supporting mobile spay/neuter program that will become a part of the community for many years.”

Lisa began her interest in curbing the number of homeless pets through organizing the first free Bakersfield Spay/Neuter Day in 2006, describing the response from the community as “astounding.”

“We were told nobody would care. We got 1,000 phone calls in a matter of hours for 100 available appointments.”

In response to what she sees as a tremendous need, Tipton’s organization searched for sponsors for a mobile clinic. Found Animals Foundation, PetSmart Charities and Coalition for Pets and Public Safety made grants that made it possible to launch the program. They and took to the streets, first in Lancaster, Palmdale, Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles, and are now ready to serve Bakersfield. Their 31-foot long mobile clinic, sponsored by the Coalition for Pets and Public Safety, is outfitted with the latest veterinary equipment available, and their veterinarians and veterinary technicians are trained in High Volume and pediatric sterilization procedures.

Angel Dogs Foundation’s Medical Director is Jennifer McDougle, DVM, who was the first Kern County Animal Control shelter veterinarian. Dr. McDougle continues to practice in Bakersfield and joined the organization to play an active part in reducing the number of homeless pets in Kern County.

Angel Dogs Foundation will be parking their mobile clinic at the Kern County Animal Control facility, 201 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., on the first three Wednesdays of the month, if there is enough demand for the services they provide.

Tipton emphasizes that the quality of the care provided in their mobile clinic is first-rate.

“Our vets are specially trained in high volume, high quality spay/neuter techniques. People may think they are being provided an inferior service because we are in a mobile clinic, but we use the best equipment, our vets are highly skilled, and the outcome is the same.”

Fees for spaying and neutering are $110 for dogs and $90 for cats, including a free Avid microchip and a rabies vaccination. Other yearly vaccinations are available for dogs and cats for an additional $10. There are no additional charges, and each pet is given a post-surgery pain injection to keep them comfortable. Angel Dogs does accept vouchers from local organizations, further bringing down the cost of the procedure.

The one thing Angel Dogs Foundation needs from the community are people filling up their appointment books.

Says Tipton, “In order to stay financially viable and continue to operate, we have to fill up our appointments. Every dollar that is donated goes directly to the program and will lower the prices for everyone. We welcome corporate sponsors that may be looking for an advertising opportunity.”

To schedule an appointment for spay/neuter services call toll-free (888) 504-SPAY (7729) or email To find out more about Angel Dogs Foundation, go to their web site at

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Answer to the world's problems...

Presented by Ben Stein...

What a great sentiment...

Animal Planet seeks nominations for 2009 Hero of the Year

Do you know someone who truly goes above and beyond on behalf of animals? Animal Planet is looking for nominees for the 2009 Hero of the Year. Entries must be received by June 28, so enter your hero today!

Monday, April 27, 2009

FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine denies Nutro under investigation

According to this article on the Veterinary Information Network, Nutro is currently not under investigation, despite the claim to the contrary. The article quotes Laura Alvey, deputy director of communications for the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Which should make everyone feel better, right?

Right. Except that there are records of hundreds of people across the Internet complaining about Nutro food and blaming it for their pet's illnesses, particularly since their 2007 acquisition by Mars, Inc.

And people still want to know why the Freedom of Information Act request regarding Nutro was denied, when the wording on the denial document was, “The document (s) constitute record (s) complied for law enforcement purposes, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings.”

And why hasn't Nutro done more to directly address the number of complaints that people are placing all over the Internet regarding their food, rather than going after for being a repository for the complaints? Nutro could easily decide to get out in front of this and reach out to the folks who are concerned, but thus far they haven't. Why not?

Something tells me this is a long way from over...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer & Jim Mason

I've told any number of people that Michael Pollan's Book The Omnivore's Dilemma was one of the most profound books I've ever read, and I mean it. It's a thoughtful, personal look at one person's food choices, told against the backdrop of modern agriculture and farming. Pollan's honesty --- about the process and his feelings as he journeys through the book --- will stay with me for years to come.

So, too, will the ideas and arguments in The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter (originally released as The Way We Eat), written by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. Although the books seems at first glance to cover some of the same territory as Pollan's book did, Ethics comes at it from a different angle. Not so much a book about personal choices, Ethics instead looks at the food choices made by three very families and how their choices affect the animals, the environment, and issues like child slavery and indentured servitude.

Anyone who has read Peter Singer or is more than vaguely aware of him knows that he's not going to be an advocate of eating meat. The man who wrote what many consider to be one of the high holy books regarding animal treatment, Animal Liberation, isn't about to change his fundamental views regarding the human-animal relationship, but The Ethics of What We Eat goes so much deeper than "we should be nice to animals".

This is a book that asks deep, fundamental, philosophical questions about a subject most people truly don't spend a lot of time examining --- what they support and tacitly condone through their food shopping choices, and the type of world that exists through the dollars they spend on food and eating.

It is certainly that aspect of both books, Omnivore's Dilemma and The Ethics of What We Eat that I hold closest and feel such profound connection to. These books are deep. The men who wrote them ask such probing, personal questions about basic beliefs and the essence of the responsibilities we have to other creatures and other people, that I would find it all but impossible that one could read the book all the way through and not have to come face to face with some intriguing realizations about themselves and the way they see the world.

You may not agree with everything that is argued in this book. In fact, there may whole chapters where you have a distinct disagreement with the authors, and that's O.K. But if you are someone who feels any curiosity about how the choices you make in the supermarket affect the world we live in, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It may not cause you to change your mind, but it will certainly make you think, long after you've closed the cover.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pet airline ready for lift-off

Pet Airways, the first pet-only airline providing air travel for pets where they are seated in the cabin, instead of in the cargo hold, is nearly ready for lift-off.

Beginning July 14, Pet Airways will provide pet travel to 42 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Denver and Washington D.C. Tickets start at $149 each way.

This has been a long time in coming. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that it truly takes off.

For more information go to their web site, In the meantime, check out their commercial.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dogs as a model for studying human behavior

Here's a fascinating story about a paper that contends that due to the length of time they've been an integral part of our lives, dogs, rather than chimps, are the best model for studying human behavior.

There's no denying our genetic link to chimpanzees and other apes, but when it comes to social behavior, lead author Jozsef Topal believes that dogs are far more closely intertwined with the social nuances that create the uniqueness of humans.

Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Are the lab rat's days numbered? - The Boston Globe

This article was too fascinating not to post. I try not to delve too deeply into the use of animals in research, as I like to keep my focus on companion animal issues and, to a lesser extent, farm animals, but the idea that discarded foreskins from circumcised newborns can potentially be used to replace some of the animals currently used in research labs is too fascinating to pass up.

The attached story is not terribly graphic, but demonstrates the promise that can come when people work together towards a common goal.

Are the lab rat's days numbered? - The Boston Globe

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

FDA investigates Nutro pet food following pet illnesses, deaths

According to this Consumer Affairs article, the FDA is investigating Nutro pet food after several reports of pet illnesses and deaths that consumers believe are a result of feeding Nutro pet food.

Nutro, which was acquired by Mars Inc. in 2007, rejects the claims made by consumers.

For the full story, click here.

Nutro has responded to the allegations by denying that they are under investigation and denies that there is any problem with their food.

Read their response by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Laguna Woods becomes latest Southern California city to enact mandatory spay/neuter

In a 4 to 1 vote after its first reading, Laguna Woods becomes the latest city in Southern California to vote in a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance.

The ordinance includes a "fix-it ticket" provision that states that if a pet owner is ticketed and alters their pet within 30 days of receiving the ticket, the city will forgive the citation.

For the full Orange County Register article, click here.

Supreme Court reviewing ruling regarding sale of animal cruelty videos

This should be a no-brainer, as case reviews go. How can it be deemed legal to sell videos depicting graphic animal cruelty in the U.S. when the acts themselves are illegal? Frankly, I'm having a hard time wrapping my little brain cells around the Philadelphia court's 2008 ruling, which said selling videos that depict animal cruelty is "protected free speech." Here's hoping the Supreme Court acts in the best interests of animals.

For the full story, click here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Senator Dean Florez answers questions about SB250

Senator Dean Florez was kind enough to answer the following questions I asked him regarding SB250, The Pet Responsibility Act, which is currently working its way through the California legislature. I did this as an article for the Bakersfield Voice, but thought I should also share here.

Q: Senator Florez, how will SB250, The Pet Responsibility Act, aid in reducing the number of pets currently being euthanized in shelters?

As more pets are spayed and neutered, the costs and burden of sheltering animals will go down because the unwanted pet population will ultimately decline. For instance, the County of Santa Cruz experienced a 50% decrease in its overall stray animal intake following the passage of their spay/neuter ordinance.

Q: Why do you believe SB250 is necessary in California ?

California taxpayers are bearing the burden of unaltered animals. In a ten year period nearly $2.75 billion was spent to shelter animals - and over half of those animals are tragically put to death because they cannot find homes.

According to figures reported to us (by local animal shelters) we have already euthanized over 130,000 unwanted pets at a cost of approximately $66 million dollars this year alone. It’s unconscionable that we are spending this kind of money when we need to build more schools, roads, and help people find work.

Q: How does SB250 differ from AB1634, The California Health Pets Act, which sought mandatory spay/neuter in California ?

Our approach under SB250 is far different than last year’s bill in two key ways:

1) We are not proposing mandatory spay/neuter – rather, the bill affords responsible owners a choice between spaying/neutering their dog or purchasing an unaltered license (from their local jurisdiction) if they intend to keep their dog intact; and

2) our bill does not penalize owners for having an unaltered dog in and of itself and will not lead to additional door-to-door enforcement – because owners cannot be cited unless they are also in violation of some other local ordinance.

Q: How do you respond to people who believe the pet overpopulation problem is a matter of personal responsibility and not a legislative issue?

Unfortunately, the status quo has lead to a hefty price tag – approximately $250 million per year to house and euthanize unwanted pets – therefore, we are taking a modest approach to tackle this problem. I agree that most people are responsible, however, a majority of responsible pet owners are picking up the tab for a minority of irresponsible owners and backyard breeders who permit their unwanted dogs to roam the streets and fill up our shelters.

Q: Any additional thoughts for people who may still be on the fence about whether or not to support SB250?

Folks suggest that this bill penalizes responsible owners, yet if people are truly responsible - by either spaying/neutering their dog or purchasing an unaltered license –they will have nothing to worry about whatsoever.

In sum, this bill is a step in the right direction, if we can make a minor dent in the overall unwanted pet population and reduce the amount of money we are spending each year to house and euthanize those animals then SB250 will be a success.

I'd like to thank Senator Florez for his time and responses. For more information, or to read the bill in its entirety go to Yes on SB250.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Animal Rescue Site

There are over 300,000,000 results that appear when you type the word "pet" into Google's search engine, so trying to sort the wheat from the chaff of pet sites can be difficult, especially if you're searching for pet-related items.

I love, love, love The Animal Rescue Site and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cool pet-type gift shop. I love that they have a running campaign where you can click a button on their site daily and their site sponsors will donate food to shelter animals. Better yet, they'll send you a daily email reminding you to do so. Open email, click the link, click the button and you're done.

I consider this site the high holy ground for all things paw print-related. There is no end to the number of items you can purchase that have paw prints on them, and when I'm cruising through their pages of gifty goodness I can easily find a couple dozen or so things that I would love to have for myself. It helps if you dig the color purple as much as I do, as it is more than well-represented on the site, but you will have a really tough time finding a greater array of items for the pet lover in your life. If that's not enough to get you on there, here's one more reason --- for every item purchased, there's an additional pet food donation. The amounts vary, based on the cost of the item you buy, but the quantity of food donated is clearly noted in the product description. And unlike a number of pet-themed gift sites, the percentage of unappealing, overly-cutesy items versus cool pet lover items is well in check.

One final nugget of good-karma-goodness --- the site is currently running a vote-in contest for shelters to win grants of up to $20,000. What's not to love?

Next time you're in the market for pet gifts that can't be found at your typical corner store, give The Animal Rescue Site a try. You'll be glad you did.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

When Rush Limbaugh joins the dance, you know the needle's moving

News of Rush Limbaugh recording a couple of clips on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was received with decidedly mixed views, if the comments that were left beneath Wayne Pacelle's Facebook announcement are any indication.

I am far more pleased with Mr. Limbaugh's efforts than one would think possible, given that he and I are as about as far apart politically as two people can be and still live in the same society.

For far too long animal welfare has been seen as an offshoot of the tree-hugging, granola-eating, makeup-eschewing, tie-dye-wearing, soft-headed, hippie-dippy liberals --- and frankly, that image hasn't always served the movement well. Not for the animals, anyway. As long as the basic tenets of animal welfare can be marginalized and stereotyped by the types of individuals who are committed to it, people (and companies) who willfully misuse and abuse animals can continue to get away with it.

Having Mr. Limbaugh choose to record two different messages on behalf of the HSUS sends a couple of powerful signals --- that the animal welfare movement is indeed something that is bigger than a simple left-right issue, and that both sides can and should put aside their differences when it comes to protecting the vulnerable and voiceless in our society.

Agree with his political viewpoint or not, there's no denying that Mr. Limbaugh has the capacity to reach millions of people who may otherwise miss the message. I appreciate his willingness to do so. Perhaps if more people on both sides of the aisle stand in the middle when it really matters, we can gain yards, rather than inches.

To hear his second clip, which talks about animal welfare and religion, click here. I could not load both clips into the same post.

Friday, April 17, 2009

AB1122 - Sale of live animals at flea markets

Apparently I'm slowly becoming"she who tracks California legislation as it relates to companion animals." Or, perhaps the legislators of our state woke up this year and decided there are a host of pet issues that deserve to be heard in the Capitol.

In addition to the three-bill slate of Assemblymember Nava and the spay/neuter bill sponsored by Senator Dean Florez, we have AB1122, sponsored by Assemblymember Ted Lieu, which addresses the sale of live animals at swap meets, flea markets, parking lots, carnivals or boardwalks.

As hard as it is for me to believe that there are organized groups of pet enthusiasts who would oppose this legislation, it's true. Granted, from what little I've garnered from the Internet it appears the thrust of their opposition is based on their dislike of the HSUS and its sponsorship of the bill, rather than the merits of the bill itself.

For me, it's a no-brainer. This is a bill that deserves support. Find out the facts and read the bill for yourself by clicking here.

AB1122 is scheduled for a hearing/vote on April 21. To find out who your legislators are so you can express your support, go to Project Vote Smart and search for your representatives by zip code.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

SB250 Passes first committee hearing

Senator Dean Florez' companion animal spay/neuter bill, SB250 successfully passed its first committee hearing today and is planned to go before the Senate Appropriations Committee, which may happen as soon as within the next two weeks.

For the full story, click here.

CA Assemblymember Nava's Animal Cruelty Package passes out of committee

Assemblymember Pedro Nava's Animal Cruelty package, compromising of three bills: AB241, The Responsible Breeder Act; AB242, Dog Fighting; and AB243, Animal Abuse penalties, have all passed through their first committee hearing and will be moving forward for further consideration.

For additional information on these bills, go to Yes on AB241 or go to Around the Capitol and track them through their bill numbers.

Pfizer gets a slap on the wrist over Rimadyl marketing

The Food and Drug Administration gave Pfizer, maker of the canine arthritis drug Rimadyl, a slap on the wrist over marketing materials produced by the company.

In the release, dated Nov. 24, 2008, the FDA found several instances where Pfizer's marketing materials for Rimadyl "make unsubstantiated safety claims and minimize the risk associated with Rimadyl®." The FDA went on to request that Pfizer withdraw the misleading materials, as well as any other marketing materials making similar claims from the marketplace.

Fascinating. A major pharmaceutical company making less-than-truthful claims about the efficacy of one of their drugs. Who would have thought?

To read the full release, click here for the PDF.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Deduct pet adoption fees?

Authored by Assemblymember Cameron Smith and cosponsored by the ASPCA, AB233 is the Tax Deduction for Pet Adoption Bill. Should this bill pass, it would allow people to deduct up to $100 of their pet adoption fees from their taxes if they adopt through a government shelter or a 501(c)3 organization. The deductions would be in effect from January 1, 2010 through January 1, 2015.

The intent of the bill is to provide additional incentive for people to adopt pets from shelters, which would then reduce the number of pets being euthanized.

Now, if I can get them to deduct the cost of spay/neuter, vaccinations and catnip, I'd be doing the happy dance...but first things first.

The bill is scheduled for its first hearing by the California Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee on April 20. To read more about this bill click here.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pet Food Politics

It takes a special brand of critter-junkie to read about pet food. As this is my third or fourth book on the subject, I'm either completely around the bend or (as I choose to believe) I have a deep and abiding interest in knowing what is going into the bodies of my furry family members.

Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, by Marion Nestle (no relation to the pet food maker) is a thorough essay on the history of the Menu Foods pet food recall that took place between March and May of 2007 when nearly 200 different brands of pet food were recalled due to the presence of melamine and cyanuric acid. For people interested in knowing how something of that magnitude could possibly happen, the book shows how unbelievably easy it was, and how difficult it may be to prevent it from happening again in the future.

Even if you aren't altogether interested in pet food, Pet Food Politics provides pause for concern regarding human food --- especially when you get to the part about how livestock raised for human consumption were fed the same pet food products that were recalled and still allowed to be processed and eaten by humans. Food for thought.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Play FreeKibble and help homeless pets

Free Kibble is a site that was started by a 12 year old girl to donate kibble to her local shelter through people answering pet trivia questions in much the same manner as the Free Rice site. Since its inception the program has expanded to include 11 shelters throughout the country. With enough participation I'm sure more will be added in the future.

You're only allowed to play once daily on each site (there's a cat food site as well), but you can have automatic email alerts sent to you to remind you to take 30 seconds and do a little good in the world for pets. Plus, as a huge added bonus, the Free Kibble sites are partnered with Castor & Pollux, a truly great pet food company, to provide the donated food.

C'mon...30 seconds a day, tops. What could be easier?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Honda introduces dog-friendly car

I knew they were one of my favorite companies for a reason. I've always thought these cars were a bit on the ugly side, but now I want one :o)

NEW YORK (Reuters) April 10, 2009
by Claudia Parsons

Dog-crazy Americans will soon be able to buy a pet-friendly car with a cushioned dog bed in the trunk, fitted with a built-in water bowl and fan and a ramp to help less agile dogs climb in.

With the help of a rescue dog named Sammy, Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co unveiled the pet friendly version of its Element utility vehicle at the New York Auto Show.

It features easy-wash seat covers, a fitted dog bed with restraints to keep Sammy safe in the event of a crash, and a paw logo on the side. Honda said the car would go on sale across the United States from the fall of this year.

Honda spokesman Sage Marie said it was designed with both safety and comfort in mind. "(It's) a car we think is of interest to many of today's dog-crazy consumers," he said.

Senior product planner James Jenkins said Americans spend $41 billion a year on their pets, a figure forecast to rise to $52 billion in two years, indicating a big market for the car.

"Pets have become more like family, more important to households than ever before," Jenkins said.

The current model of the Element starts at a little over $20,000 and Honda has yet to determine how much the pet friendly features will add on to the price tag, Jenkins said.

Sammy's owner, Heather Cammisa of the Humane Society of the United States, said she had borrowed the car for two weeks and found the ramp especially useful.

"Sammy actually needs a ramp. Before I adopted him he ended up at a shelter having been hit by a car and he needs that ramp," she said. "Otherwise I lift him to get into my car."

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Humanity even for nonhumans

There was a wonderful, thoughtful op-ed in the NY Times by Nicholas Kristof about our evolving relationship with animals. I felt compelled to share.

"One of the historical election landmarks last year had nothing to do with race or the presidency. Rather, it had to do with pigs and chickens — and with overarching ideas about the limits of human dominion over other species."

For the rest of the column, click here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cat found alive after five weeks under rubble

Another amazing animal story...

BERLIN (Reuters)
by Franziska Scheven

A cat named Felix was found alive and well beneath the rubble of a six-storey building in Cologne that collapsed five weeks ago, the fire brigade in German city said on Tuesday.

The 12-year-old cat was in surprisingly good health, authorities said. He was found beneath the city archives building that collapsed on March 3.

Rescue workers were clearing away the rubble from the ruins, in which two people were killed, when they spotted a pair of small paws.

"The men lifted some concrete blocks when suddenly a little cat came to light," said Dietmar Paust, fire brigade spokesman.

Lost at sea no more...

A perfectly lovely story about Sophie Tucker, the dog who was thought to be lost at sea. Read her amazing story here.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

When people come together for animals, it’s a beautiful thing

When the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation held a fundraiser for a new water heater for the County animal shelter, the public came through.

It turns out that Kern County Animal Control only has a 12 gallon water heater --- far, far too small to handle even a little bit of dog bathing. Volunteer groomers go to the shelter, donating their time and talent to bathe and groom homeless dogs in an effort to make them more adoptable, but were frustrated that these pups couldn’t even get a warm bath. As word reached Friends of KCASF, they decided to hold a fundraiser and see if maybe, just maybe, they could raise enough money to replace the all but worthless heater with a new, tankless version.

On March 24, Red Brick Pizza Café on Brimhall Road was kind enough to donate 20 percent of all purchases between 4 and 9 p.m. to the cause. Friends of KCASF also provided two great raffle items, a goodie-laden dog house and cat gift basket, and brought T-Shirts for sale to support the cause.

The result? People were waiting in lines that reached out the door for most of the event, happy to support the Friends in their effort. Folks from several animal groups including Alpha Canine, The Cat People and Kern Humane Society showed up, as well as animal lovers and shelter supporters of all shapes and sizes. There were so many people that the owners of Red Brick apologized to the crowd for what was, at times, a nearly two-hour wait. But wait they did, with customers waving off apologies, happy to be a part of such a good cause.

In the end, between Red Brick’s contribution, raffle ticket and T-shirt sales, and cash donations from people who didn’t wish to wait in line but still wanted to help, the Friends of KCASF raised nearly $2,000 in donations --- more than enough to cover the cost of the water heater and its installation, with a little money left over for other projects benefiting the animals at Kern County Animal Control.

Special thanks for this event go to Red Brick Pizza Café owners Robert and Patty Salazar, Suzanne Guest, and Friends of the Shelter member Linda Watson. All were instrumental for getting this event off of the ground. Thank you for time and effort on behalf of homeless pets.

And thank you, community members who took time away from your day-to-day activities to stand in line, buy raffle tickets and T-shirts, and have a little pizza for the benefit of shelter animals. The result of your efforts will linger far beyond that evening, making life a little better for pups looking for a chance to find their forever home.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

SB250 - Time to voice your support

The first SB250 hearing is scheduled for April 15 in the Senate Local Government Committee. If you are in support of Dean Florez' bill, now is the time to make sure your voice is heard. It is crucial that you send or fax in your letter of support. Emails won't do it folks --- we need real letters.

A generic letter you can print out and fill in the blanks can be found by clicking here. Obviously, you can use the letter as a starting point and add in your own thoughts. Letters can be faxed directly to Dean's office at (916) 327-9057. If you want to mail it, you can mail it to Senator Dean Florez, State Capitol, Room 313, Sacramento, CA, 95814. Dean Florez is the only person to whom you need send your letters. If you are representing an organization or business, please print the letter out on your letterhead.

Also, please call the five committee and respectfully and politely ask that they support SB250:
  • Senator Patricia Wiggins (Chair) - (916) 651-4002
  • Senator Dave Cox (Vice-Chair) - (916) 651-4001
  • Senator Samuel Aanestad - (916) 651-4004
  • Senator Christine Kehoe - (916) 651-4039
  • Senator Lois Wolk - (916) 651-4005
For the facts of the bill and what it means for pets and taxpayers, go to Yes on SB250.

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