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State animal organizations oppose budget cuts aimed at animal shelters

“Please help me.”

Dear reader:
Killing pets to save money just doesn’t cut it. The state — Governor Jerry Brown — has to figure out a better way. Same with the California Animal Control Directors Association and the State Humane Association of California. I agree with the final paragraph in their statement below. They need to get together and “explore viable alternatives.”  What do you think? Please leave your thoughts under “Leave a Comment” below. Thanks for caring. /Gary


Governor’s Proposed Budget Cuts Would Have an Adverse Effect on California’s Stray and Abandoned Animals

Sacramento, CA –The California Animal Control Directors Association and the State Humane Association of California announced today (Feb. 13) that they oppose Governor Brown’s proposed repeal of the animal adoption mandate created by the 1998 enactment of the “Hayden Law.”

This mandate requires that animal shelters perform certain duties, including holding stray or abandoned animals for a minimum of four to six days rather than the 72 hours required by prior law and providing them with necessary and prompt veterinary care.  In return, the state is required to provide reimbursement for the increased costs incurred by shelters in the performance of those duties.

“Our organization supports the enhanced care afforded to animals through the passage of the Hayden Law,” stated Marcia Mayeda, President of the California Animal Control Directors Association. “There has been so much progress for animals in California’s shelters since this law became effective.  A repeal would be a huge step backwards.”
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Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Under: Animal Shelters, Animal welfare, Hayden Bill | 6 Comments »

Gov. Brown asked to not make homeless animals victims of budget crisis

Feral kitten (Bogue)

Please read the information below and then visit this site and tell Governor Jerry Brown what you think about his proposals:

Thanks for caring. /Gary

Humane Leaders Urge Calif. Governor to Spare Abandoned and Lost Pets

Groups Ask Brown Not to Make Homeless Animals Victims of Budget Crisis

SACRAMENTO — National and local humane organizations are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to rescind his proposal to repeal a state requirement that municipal animal shelters hold stray dogs and cats for more than 72 hours before euthanizing them. In his budget proposal, the Governor has also called for eliminating the requirement for shelters to provide necessary and prompt veterinary care and would allow shelters to legally euthanize rabbits, reptiles and other animals immediately. These modest sheltering requirements – first enacted in 1998 as part of what is often referred to as the “Hayden Law” (named for the legislation’s author, former state senator Tom Hayden) – have been suspended for the past three years, but the Governor is now proposing wholesale repeal.
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Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Under: Animal Shelters, Animal welfare, Cats, dogs, Hayden Bill | 1 Comment »

Coyote-killing program stopped by public outcry

Coyote photo by Camilla Fox, Project Coyote, Larkspur, CA

Coalition of Wildlife Conservation Organizations Praise Arcadia, Calif.,  City Council’s Unanimous Decision to End $30,000 Annual Contract to Snare & Kill Resident Coyotes

I just received the following information from my friend Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote in Larkspur, Calif. Please read it carefully. If you think you have a similar program where you live, get in touch with Camilla ( so she can advise you on how to put an end to it. Thanks for caring. /Gary

Arcadia, California — A coalition of national and local organizations including Project Coyote, the San Gabriel Friends of Wildlife, the Animal Welfare Institute, and the Angeles Chapter of Sierra Club, praised the Arcadia, Calif.,  City Council for their unanimous vote Tuesday night, Jan. 18, to end the city’s coyote trapping program by the end of the month.
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Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011
Under: Animal welfare, coyotes, Project Coyote | 1 Comment »

Mark Twain: Was he our first animal welfare advocate?

Mark Twain. Photo by Flickr user sfjalar used under a Creative Commons License
sfjalar mark twain

I just received the following note from my friend Camilla Fox. Check it out:

For all of you literary buffs …

“(Reuters) — Leading Mark Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin`s latest research suggests that Twain was the most prominent American of his day to throw his weight behind the movement for animal welfare. In her new book entitled ‘Mark Twain’s Book of Animals,’ Fishkin, a Stanford English professor, examines how Twain`s fascination with and advocacy for animals reveals itself in many of his works. In the book’s introduction and afterword, Fishkin suggests that Twain’s works played a pivotal role in raising Americans’ concerns about cruelty to animals and the exploitation of non-human animals by humans.”

More at

Not vouching for her accuracy of literary interpretation as I haven’t read this yet, but sharing with those I know who love literature (and animals!).
Camilla Fox, founding director, Project Coyote & Wildlife Consultant, Larkspur, CA

I definitely have to get a copy of this book and read it! Thanks for the tip! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Under: Animal welfare, Mark Twain | 1 Comment »

Bad economy creates animal welfare crisis

A family puppy
golden ret.

A new survey from, a network of more than 12,400 animal adoption organizations, finds that 84 percent of shelters and rescue groups are reporting pet surrenders because of the economic downturn, foreclosures and / or job losses.

And 74 percent said that they have seen an increase in pets being given away or abandoned since this time last year due to these economic trials.
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Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009
Under: Animal welfare, Cats, dogs, Economy, Pets | No Comments »

City of Martinez is NOT making it easy on the beavers

poor beavers

Dear Gary:
The Martinez Flood Plain project was intended to improve the capacity and health of the creek, and reassure downtown property owners that high waters could be managed.

Beaver supporters expressed concern about the plan to remove all vegetation from the east bank of the water between Marina Vista and Amtrak. We were initially offered a 2-foot strip of vegetation preserved, and eventually this was increased to six feet.
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Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2008
Under: Animal Politics, Animal welfare, Beavers | No Comments »

We need stronger humane laws! Animal abusers have too many loopholes

This is as bad as it gets:
“Santa Cruz Animal Services officers confiscated 38 dogs and puppies Saturday after finding ‘more dead dogs that we could count’ and dog heads hanging from trees.”

Some crazy guy in Santa Cruz County, Calif., is found to be abusing dogs. Animal control officers discover an unknown number of dead dogs and rotting carcasses and dog feces throughout his house … starving dogs chained with no food or water … body parts everywhere … decapitated dog heads hanging from trees … puppies …
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Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Under: Abuse, Animal Cruelty, Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Animal welfare, dogs, Humane Laws | 6 Comments »

Prop 2 will keep us from torturing our food animals

A study produced by UC Davis researchers and released yesterday provides further evidence that Proposition 2 is good for California consumers.

The study, which was reportedly funded by the American Egg Board, evaluated the economic impact of Prop 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which will appear on the statewide ballot in November.

According to the study’s authors, “little, if any cost increase and no substantial impact on prices to California consumers” will occur when voters approve Prop 2. The measure would prevent the cruel and inhumane confinement of calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens kept in crates and cages so small they cannot lie down, turn around, or extend their limbs.
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Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2008
Under: Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Animal welfare, Chickens, Food Animal Abuse | No Comments »

Stranded dogs, cats rescued in flood-ravaged Iowa town

Reviving memories of its huge animal rescue effort following Hurricane Katrina, Best Friends Animal Society today announced that a full animal rescue team is hard at work helping to free companion animals from floodwaters in the tiny town of Oakville, in southeastern Iowa.

I just received this news release from the society:
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Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Under: Animal welfare, Disasters, Floods, Pet rescue, Pets in Danger | 3 Comments »

Animals vs. the New Year


Senator Carole Migden and former Assemblyman Joe Nation have endorsed a letter asking U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein and U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey to put a moratorium on deer killing at Point Reyes National Seashore until 2010. The National Park Service has hired a Connecticut-based group, White Buffalo, Inc., to kill non-native deer in the park. There are an estimated 950 European fallow deer and 250 Axis deer in the park. The NPS claims the non-native deer are competing with the native black-tailed deer. More at:

The issue of feral cats vs. wild birds is rearing its ugly head in Benicia. In an attempt to balance the needs of feral (wild) cats with a diverse and sensitive wild bird population, city officials and local animal advocates are crafting new regulations for undomesticated felines. The cat people want to set up trap-spay/neuter-release programs and feed cat colonies throughout Benicia. Local bird lovers say this conflicts with the protection of local wildlife because the cats will eat the birds. This cat fight isn’t going to end anytime soon, if ever. The full story:

Bay Area conservation groups are launching an interesting program in 2008 to reconnect residents with the natural resources and values of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) with the first-ever “GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year. The year-long event is aimed at connecting GGNRA visitors with the 33 endangered species found in the park, through individual exploration and guided expeditions, and to encourage participation in conservation action items that will prevent species from going extinct. You can find out more at

Speaking of the Martinez beavers — A special flow device is expected to be installed in the Martinez beaver dam this week, hopefully before the BIG rains that are expected this weekend. This device is supposed to control the water level behind the dam to keep Alhambra Creek from flooding. Let’s hope they get it installed before the rain … and let’s hope that it works. You can keep an eye on things at

This is just a tiny sampling of all the animal-related activities that will be going on in 2008 around the country and the world. You can find out more at the Web sites of some of the more active animal-protection organizations:

The Humane Society of the United States:

Defenders of Wildlife: http: //

National Wildlife Federation:

Center for Biological Diversity:


Just one New Year resolution:
Figure out a way to take my couch pillow back from the cats so I can watch TV. /gary

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
Under: Animal Politics, Animal welfare, Beavers, Birds, Cats, deer, Endangered species | No Comments »