This new regulation supplies an additional profit for our deserving California veterans and likewise will assist save the lives of numerous canines and cats on the lookout for a house.
In an try to assist with the nice want to search out furever houses for shelter animals and assist veterans, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Invoice 245, which reads partly:
A public animal shelter shall not cost an adoption charge for a canine [or cat] if the particular person adopting the canine presents to the general public animal shelter a present and legitimate driver’s license or identification card with the phrase “VETERAN” printed on its face pursuant to Part 12811 of the Automobile Code. A public animal shelter could restrict the variety of canines [and cats] adopted from that public animal shelter pursuant to this part to 1 canine every six-month interval.
“It is a huge win for veterans and shelter animals,” mentioned State Senator Liang Liang Chang, who authored the legislation. Based on Chang’s workplace, California is residence to 2 million army veterans, together with many who deal with PTS. She mentioned a companion animal may assist inside their restoration efforts.
“Because the saying goes, a canine is a ‘man’s greatest pal.’ Once I’m residence my four-legged companions are part of my household,” Chang mentioned. “Buster and Pepper convey me pleasure and laughter and I profit from the optimistic results of their companionship. Our courageous heroes deserve the identical happiness, and I’m glad we are able to scale back the boundaries for bringing collectively veterans in search of companion animals and pets in want of a house.”
The regulation goes into impact January 2020. To undertake a free canine or cat, veterans merely have to point out their California Identification card with the veteran designation. The shelter reserves the suitable to restrict what number of canines or cats an individual can undertake. There are future plans to require microchips on the animals.
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