Don't repeal the Hayden Law
  • Petitioned California Governor

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California Governor

Don't repeal the Hayden Law

    1. carol hillson
    2. Petition by

      carol hillson

      New York, NY

Repeal would be step backwards in providing basic life-saving protections to animals in public and private animal pounds and shelters

"The Hayden Law facilitates very basic protections for animals, including setting a 6-day standard for holding animals so they can be reclaimed by owners or adopted, and providing necessary veterinary care to those animals who enter shelters sick or injured," said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

"Prior to the Hayden Law, California's animal shelter standards were ranked at the bottom nationally. Repealing this law would be a giant step backwards. Annually, thousands of animals could pay for this repeal with their lives," she said.

The Hayden Law currently requires animal shelters to operate under procedures designed to decrease shelter kill rates, including easing the adoption of at-risk animals by rescue groups, aiding in reuniting owners with lost pets, and expanding the holding period before a stray animal could be killed to increase chances of adoption or reclamation by owner. It also requires shelters to provide basic veterinary services to the animals in their care. Gov. Brown's proposal would end these essential requirements that save lives.

"Citizens want humane, common-sense solutions to end the killing in animal pounds and shelters. Instead of reversing the gains made under the Hayden Law, California should be looking to build on them with even more life-saving approaches to animal sheltering," said Robinson.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Candace Key SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm signing because a civilization is defined by their compassion for other people and creatures. Giving owners time to reunite with lost pets, and pets more time to find good homes is both compassionate and humane. This is who we are as Californian's and people. We have all supported this law and the care for animals and people it represents. A budget crunch is no reason to sacrifice our basic human decency.

    • Amber Valles OAKLAND, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      because it cruel and unjust. Pets get lost all the time and they are part of our families and should not be put down or denied care if found. We pay too much tax for animals to be killed.

    • Madera Glenn HAYWARD, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      How we care for and protect animals is a measure of our humanity. We cannot avoid or ignore the fact that domestic animals (pets) rely on us for their health, safety and their very survival. We cannot turn our backs and pretend it doesn't matter. It does. Ask the little girl whose dog got out of the backyard while her family was on vacation...and her beloved pet was euthanized before they got home and realized it. Sad and preventable.

      • about 2 years ago

      Do NOT repeal this important law. This would be a step backwards. Hayden's law is only a step towards a better future. Make sure animals AND owners have a chance! Our humanity should be heading towards protecting life, not ending it even sooner.

    • Benjamin Rehling GARDEN GROVE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Dogs and animals in general deserve better than to be put down, especially when alot of the reasons are due to human error. At least give them a chance before taking their lives!


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