Help San Clemente, Ca Become a Humane City
  • Petitioned Jim Evert
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Mayor of San Clemente
Jim Evert
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Councilmember of San Clemente
Robert Baker
Mayor Pro Tem of San Clemente
Tim Brown
Councilmember of San Clemente
Jim Dahl
Councilmember of San Clemente
Lori Donchak

Help San Clemente, Ca Become a Humane City

    1. Desperate Paws of Orange County Dog Club Founders of D.P.O.C. Dog Cub
    2. Petition by

      Desperate Paws of Orange County Dog Club Founders of D.P.O.C. Dog Cub

      Costa Mesa, CA

Dog Peeps we need your help! There was a story from earlier this week in the The Orange County Register titled, "San Clemente rejects ban on pet sales". These are quotes from the article:

"The council majority felt that the Coastal Animal Services Authority – which runs the local shelter and provides animal-control services in San Clemente and Dana Point – could inspect and regulate any San Clemente pet stores that sell dogs or cats."

"We got a great dog from a pet store," Dahl said of a pet that came with American Kennel Club papers. Dahl said another dog he got from a breeder was an "angry dog."

"Councilman Tim Brown suggested the Coastal Animal Services Authority could verify or certify that any pet store selling dogs in town isn't buying from a puppy mill."

Here is the problem and what we are asking you to do to help educate the City Council of San Clemente. First off, they don't even realize that all pet shop puppies come from breeders. Councilmember Dahl said he got a great dog from a pet shop but not from a breeder..... Huh!

They also feel that the Coastal Animal Services can inspect and insure that Pet Stores aren't getting puppies from Puppy Mills. That's not possible and here is why:. By Federal Law, Pet Shops must use U.S.D.A. Licensed Breeders and Brokerages to purchase puppies for sale in their stores. Which sounds feasible, until you begin to realize that the dogs which are producing the puppies, live in other locations than San Clemente. So what is Coastal Animal Services going to do, get on a plane and fly around the Mid-West and the rest of the country investigating U.S.D.A. Licensed Breeders, Brokerages, and Auctions? They have no idea where the puppy came from and neither does the people purchasing the puppy, as a dog could have given birth at one breeders location and then taken the puppies and sold them directly to a brokerage or another breeder who then sales them to the Pet Shop and ships them to San Clemente for sale to the public. Ownership of these puppies could change two, three or four times before they finally reach the Pet Shop.

Please watch this undercover video of dog auctions and you will realize how insane and irresponsible the comments of the City Council of San Clemente was, as these dogs change hands over and over and over again from one breeder to another.

Now what you can do about it. Sign this Petition and please make Pen Pals out of the City Councilmembers of San Clemente and let them know how you feel. Here is their email addresses:

Mayor Jim Evert,
Mayor Pro-Tem, Tim Brown
Councilmember Robert Baker,
Councilmember Jim Dahl,
Councilmember Lori Donchak, (The Only Councilmember who voted in favor of requesting city staffers to write legislation for a Ban on Pet Shop Sales)

Make Pen Pals with them, email them but please be respectful but BE HEARD! 1.2 Million Dogs in cages for their entire lives are counting on you to be their voice!

Here is the article in the Orange County Register so you can read it for yourself:

Recent signatures


    1. San Clemente rejects plea to revist vote against pet-sales ban

      The President of the Pet Project Foundation which is the organization which helps support the local shelter in San Clemente, Ca urged them to please put it back on the agenda they refused. When you have the President of the local organization which supports your city's shelter asking you to revisit this as it's important and the shelter is effected by Pet Shops and Puppy Mills and they still refuse tells us all the City Councils true agenda. Please spend the next week posting the petition on your Facebook Pages and telling people about the City Council's refusal to help protect dogs and cats.

      Thank you!

    2. Pet-sale opponents lobby for adoptions

      Friends, we are keeping the pressure on them. Councilwoman Lori Donchak has responded to the email and is supportive of the Humane Legislation. Councilmember Dahl however, well he still doesn't get it. He just thinks that Puppies and Kittens are products, part commerce and free trade and that City's shouldn't regulate businesses on how or what products they can sell. You can email Mr. Dahl personally at and let him know how you feel about Puppies and Kittens being Products. Please keep up the great work and repost this petition to your friends. Thanks!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Nationwide Petition Urges San Clemente to ban dog and cat sales

      Share the story and help spread what San Clemente has to say on this issue.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. First response from the Mayor of San Clemente, he's upset

      He is obviously upset and here is what he had to say:

      Your spaming - loading up our mailboxes - will not advance your cause. Since all are identical and arrive in groups it's obvious it's comming from one person and hasn't really been sent by the individual names. Therefore I have immediatly deleted them and blocked from getting in to my box. Fortuantly I haven't opened by phone e- mails or I would of have a significant problem. I have always (as I believe the rest of the council is) been sympatheric to your cause but disagree with your approach - your e-mail approach is atrocious and in my opintion should not be tolerated. Please kindly cease.

      Jim Evert
      Mayor of San Clemente

      So here is what we are asking. Email him directly at and better still call his office Monday - Friday at 949 361-8322 and tell him how you feel about this issue. Keep up the good work friends, and share, share, share this petition everywhere. God Bless.

    7. Decision-maker Jim Evert responds:

      Jim Evert

      Your spaming - loading up our mailboxes - will not advance your cause. Since all are identical and arrive in groups it's obvious it's comming from one person and hasn't really been sent by the individual names. Therefore I have immediatl...

    8. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Diane Turnbaugh ORANGE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It breaks my heart to see so many dogs in shelters. If we can put a stop to selling dogs from breeders & puppy mills in pet stores many more shelter dogs can find their forever homes.

    • Anette Mendicino LAGUNA WOODS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Let's add San Clemente to become a HUMANE CITY

    • Jerry McNeely SPRINGVALLEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Love little animals!!!

    • Brett Young DES MOINES, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      We recently rescued 88 breeding Cocker Spaniels from a puppy mill. Some were covered in up to FIVE LBS of matted hair & feces & urine. Some were missing ears, some were missing eyes, some were partially paralyzed. All were traumatized, terrified of people. None had ever felt a kind human touch. Please don't perpetuate this inhumane cruelty. Please, do what you can!

    • Marie Patzig CHULA VISTA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the HUMANE thing to do!


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