Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit animal welfare organization working on solutions to pet overpopulation through state and local policy changes and implementation, community outreach, education and private and public programs.

Our legislative projects are focused not only on reducing pet overpopulation, but also reducing the high associated costs to taxpayers.

Additionally, we work on innovative public and private programs that promote and generate private funds for local agencies, such as The Pet Lover’s License Plate program, which will generate funds for local programs to promote spay and neutering of companion animals.

SCIL was founded in 2007 and has no paid staff; we are a volunteer organization. Donations go directly to our legislative campaigns; our work relies on donations from animal lovers like you.


100% of your donation goes to legislative goals in California, including spay and neuter legislation and anti-puppy mill legislation. SCIL has no paid employees and is run completely by volunteers.

Contributions to SCIL are used for political and legislative purposes and are not tax deductible.


Each year, over $250 million dollars is spent housing and euthanizing homeless dogs and cats in California1. Approximately 1 million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and over half of them are euthanized (killed) simply because there are not enough homes2.

This enormous number of homeless pets actually means that every dog born in the state of California today has nearly a 1 in 4 chance of ultimately becoming homeless and dying in a shelter3. Two-thirds of the cats entering California shelters are euthanized2. And, the number of dogs and cats entering our shelters is currently on the rise2.

One of SCIL's primary goals is to pass comprehensive spay & neuter legislation across California. This type of legislation provides a reasonable, fiscally responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California. Typically, the legislation simply requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner/guardian obtains an unaltered dog license when they license their animal. Frequently this legislation also requires that roaming cats be spayed and neutered by their owner/guardian.

Sources: (1) Shelter cost estimates provided by Los Angeles Animals Services and California Animal Control Directors Association. (2) Population / percentages of animals incoming and exiting shelters, source: California Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section, “Rabies Control Activities Reporting by Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ), California, extrapolated to encompass incomplete data and private shelters. (3) From NEARLY ONE OUT OF FOUR DOGS IN CALIFORNIA IS ULTIMATELY EUTHANIZED IN OUR SHELTERS, a SCIL fact sheet based on figures from the US Census Bureau, American Pet Products Manufacturers Association and the California Department of Health Services