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AB 1634 The California Healthy Pets Act passed the full CA Assembly, but failed to pass out of the Senate in August, 2008. This website is the official California Healthy Pets Act website as of August, 2008.
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special report - the pets in our shelters
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Latest Press Release:
Crowd cheers as Santa Clara votes to support statewide spay and neuter bill
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today's ad
oprah winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has exposed the massive pet overpopulation problem in America with her groundbreaking exposé of "high volume" breeders (also known as puppy mills) and the pet stores that buy from them.

Oprah confirms that virtually all animals sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
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about the bill

AB 1634, the California Responsible Pet Ownership Act, is a common sense law to help combat pet overpopulation and bites.

The law will allow law enforcement to target roaming dogs and cats, prevent unplanned litters and reduce attacks.

The law requires that a dog or cat to be spayed or neutered, if the animal meets one of the following criteria:

  • The dog or cat is repeatedly impounded by animal control or cited for being at large.
  • The dog or cat is repeatedly cited for being unlicensed as required by current law.

AB 1634 is humane and protects our pets.

Overpopulation of domestic animals forces local animal control agencies in California to euthanize more than half a million dogs and cats every year. AB 1634 offers a humane and cost-effective solution to controlling pet overpopulation.

AB 1634 will save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Local animal control agencies in California are forced to spend over $250 million taxpayer dollars every year to collect, control and euthanize the state's unwanted overpopulation of cats and dogs. Local animal control officials overwhelmingly support AB 1634 because it will control animal overpopulation humanely and reduce local government costs.

AB 1634 is supported by law enforcement officials.

Law enforcement officials in California and major law enforcement organizations are supporting AB 1634 because they are drained by the need to deal with millions of homeless cats and dogs that are the result of pet overpopulation. AB 1634 is a humane and cost-effective way to reduce that overpopulation and law enforcement officials to focus on protecting California's citizens.


What AB 1634 will NOT do:

  1. AB 1634 will NOT ALLOW police to arrest citizens for lack of compliance.
  2. AB 1634 will NOT ALLOW animal control officers to confiscate pets for lack of compliance.
  3. AB 1634 will NOT ALLOW animal control agencies or police personnel to enter private homes to write citations.
  4. AB 1634 will NOT INCREASE TAXPAYER COSTS – in fact, AB 1634 would do just the opposite by REDUCING the $250 million taxpayers spend every year for local animal control agencies to house and euthanize hundreds of thousands of animals.
  5. And, AB 1634 will NOT RESULT in a shortage of animals for adoption. In every location where spay and neuter laws have been adopted, there has still been ample homeless animals and mutts for adoption.
today's top supporters
"I urge the legislature to pass AB 1634. This is not partisan legislation. It is the humane, civilized thing to do."

- Bob Barker for AB 1634
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"Securing the passage of the California Healthy Pets Act is the best thing we can do for the animals, shelter workers and taxpayers of California."


Keely Brosnan

Jorja Fox

Lionel Richie

Jane Velez Mitchell

Rich Eisen

Gary Beers

Diane Keaton

Ben Stein
wall of supporters
Tens of thousands of pet owners across California are helping AB 1634 become a reality.
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dog bites
California suffers the nation’s highest occurrences of dog bites, unaltered dogs are three times more likely to attack and children are the most common victims.
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Sunday, July 21st

August 22, 2008

AB 1634 fails to pass out of the Senate. Thank you to all the hard working volunteers who helped make history.

August 3, 2008

Chicago ordinance hearing extended to a second date to allow all public comments to be heard.

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July 23, 2008

The California Healthy Pets Coalition and Senator Alex Padilla are pleased to announce the creation of a spay and neuter license plate program for California.

The funds from the program will help augment AB 1634 and other spay and neuter laws across the state.

July 10


AB 1634 will not be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be heard next in the full Senate.

June 25


AB 1634 has passed out of the Senate Local Government Committee and is on track for a full vote in the Senate.

June 25

Dallas, TXL Passes Mandatory Spay, Neuter Law

June 5

Volusia County, FL Passes Mandatory Spay, Neuter Law

June 3
Two Big Wins for California's Pets

1) Santa Clara County votes YES!

Santa Clara has become the first county in California to take a position on AB 1634, as the County Board of Supervisors voted YES to a resolution of support for the bill. Press release on the vote is here >>

2) OC Grand Jury Recommends All Cities in Orange County Adopt Mandatory Spay and Neuter Laws.

A Grand Jury Report released Tuesday recommends that all OC cities should adopt spay and neuter ordinances to address the animal overpopulation problem. The report is here >>

From AB 1634 Sponsor Judie Mancuso:

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Bill Status: AB 1634 is no longer active.

2008 ca shelter report
In the 6046 days since January 1:
Pets killed: 8,292,299
Taxes spent:
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