From Matthew Munson@1:218/109 to All on Sun Sep 1 12:36:22 2019
Veterans in California will no longer pay pet adoption fees to animal shelters after
Senate Bill 245 was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday.
The bill, SB 245, was introduced by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) who
California is home to 2 million military veterans, including many who struggle to cope
with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and could benefit from an animal companion.
The bill passed 76-0 out of the State Assembly and 37-0 out of the State Senate.
According to the Bill:
This bill would prohibit a public animal shelter from charging an adoption fee for a dog or
cat if the person adopting the dog or cat presents to the public animal shelter
and valid driver˙s license or identification card with the word ˙VETERAN˙ printed on its
face pursuant to the above-described provision. The bill also would authorize a
animal shelter to limit the number of dogs and cats adopted from that public animal
shelter by an eligible veteran to one dog and cat each 6-month period.
SB 245 received support from the California Association of Veterans Service Agencies
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