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

The SCIL Event spotlighted some of California's top animal friendly legislators. Attending the event (left to right) were CA Assemblyman Mike Gatto, West Hollywood City Councilmember John D’Amico, LA City Councilman Paul Koretz, CA Senator Kevin de León, Retired CA Assemblyman Pedro Nava, SCIL President Judie Mancuso, CA Senator Ted Lieu, US Congressman Tony Cárdenas, and CA Assemblyman Jose Solorio.

 Our current campaigns - February 2015

AB 1965 (Yamada) - Dining With Dogs

AB 1965, Introduced by Assembly Member Yamada and sponsored by SCIL will make it legal for restaurants to offer areas for people to dine with their companion canines.

Animal Adoption Mandate (Hayden Law) Repeal Campaign

The proposed Animal Adoption Mandate (Hayden Law) repeal would have eliminated a state requirement that municipal animal shelters hold stray dogs and cats for up to 6 days. Cats could be killed immediately if "deemed" feral, and many other shelters requirements would also be removed.

Click here for information about the victory.

Click here to view our detailed Hayden Law repeal informational page.

California Pet Lover's License Plate

The California Pet Lover's License Plate, developed by SCIL, sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board, and administered by the California Spay & Neuter License Plate Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The California Pet Lover's License Plate provides a fun and easy way for pet lovers to help reduce pet overpopulation. Proceeds from the plate provide funding for free or low-cost spay & neuter surgeries across California, and also help to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering.

The California Pet Lover's License Plate is currently in the pre-order stage. For more information or to order a plate, visit www.PetLoversPlate.org (Opens in new window).

AB 610 (Solorio) - Expediting Specialty License Plates Programs

AB 610, Introduced by Assembly Member Solorio and sponsored by SCIL would extend the time allowed for the Pet Lover's License Plate program to gather pre-orders, from June 2012 to June 2013.

The bill was signed into law on April 26.2012

Laguna Beach - Ordinance to Ban Sales of Puppy Mill Animals

May 1, 2012 - The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously 5-0 to move a law banning commercial pet stores in the city past the first reading. The ordinance was introduced by Council member Elizabeth Pearson.

Related article:
Laguna Beach bans puppy mills, Orange County Register. Related City Council video: click here (item 12) click here (item 10).

L.A. Councilmember Paul Koretz - Ordinance to Ban Sales of Puppy Mill Animals

A motion to ban sales of puppy mill animals in Los Angeles was introduced by Councilmember Koretz and facilitated by SCIL.

The ordinance passed on October 24, 2012. It will include:

  1. The establishment of a ban on the sale of commercial animal mill-bred dogs, cats, chickens and rabbits within the city limits.
  2. The creation of a program whereby LAAS can work with licensed pet stores to make shelter animals available for adoption at those stores on a regular or periodic basis.
  3. The creation of a program whereby LAAS, as a part of its normal pet store licensing procedures, publicly and visibly identifies stores that excel in meeting rigorous humane requirements and conditions in the kenneling and sale of animals consistent with all City, state and federal laws, or which do not sell live animals.
  4. The prohibition of the establishment and/or operation of puppy, kitten, chicken and rabbit mills within the City of Los Angeles.

Press related to the new ordinance proposal

Ordinance Status

October 24 2012: the LA City Council passes the ordinance 12-2.

Local Legislative Initiatives

SCIL works with local cities and counties to develop and enact spay & neuter, microchipping and pet sales legislation to help reduce pet overpopulation. We provide legislation templates and free consulting to local governments and local groups across California and the United States.

We also sponsor experts to travel to communities to testify in front of local governments about legislation.

To discuss a local initiative or find out how SCIL can help your local community, please contact us.

 Our past campaigns - 2006 to 2011

SB 1806 (Figueroa) - Animal in Unattended Motor Vehicle

SB 1806 , Introduced by Senator Figueroa and sponsored by SCIL. Passed both houses and signed into law.

SB 1806 provides that leaving or confining an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal is a crime punishable by a fine, imprisonment in a county jail, or both fine and imprisonment.

The bill also expanded the pool of individuals allowed to rescue animals from unattended vehicles to include peace officers, humane officers or animal control officers.

City of Los Angeles Spay & Neuter Ordinance

In an effort to improve public safety and reduce the number of stray dogs overwhelming our animal shelters, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance that requires all residents of unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County to have their dogs spayed or neutered and have an identification microchip implanted in each dog.

This ground-breaking ordinance, developed and facilitated by SCIL, has become the model for cities around the United States as they enact their own laws to help address the crisis of pet overpopulation.

Riverside Spay & Neuter Ordinance 630.12

Ordinance No. 630.12, developed and facilitated by SCIL and unanimously approved by the Riverside City Council, requires most cats and dogs to be microchipped and spayed or neutered once they're 7 months old.

According to the Riverside Department of Animal Services, the "ordinance was necessary to curb the endless flow of unwanted dogs and cats that end up in county shelters and, ultimately, euthanized."

West Hollywood 2010 Ordinance - Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats

West Hollywood Municipal Code Chapter 9.50, introduced by Councilmember Jeffrey Prang regarding the retail sale of dogs and cats. SCIL facilitated the ordinance and as a West Hollywood resident, SCIL board member Ed Buck guided the ordinance to success and provided a model for future similar legislation.

The ordinance prohibits the sale of all dogs and cats at companion animal stores; providing exemptions for humanely bred, reared or sheltered animals.

AB 2689 (Sponsored by the City of LA): Online rabies provision

SCIL assisted the City of Los Angeles with their design and sponsorship of AB 2689, which permits a city or county to specify the means by which a dog owner is required to provide proof of his or her dog's rabies vaccination.

Thanks to this law, pet owners can now provide vaccination information online, rather than having to bring proof to an animal shelter. Laws like AB 2689 make it easier for pet owners to obey pet regulations and in turn increase compliance.

SB 702 (Lieu) – Microchipping Impounded Animals

SB 702, Introduced by Senator Lieu and sponsored by SCIL.

SB 702 would have require all dogs and all cats to be microchipped upon adoption or being reclaimed by their owner from California’s local animal shelters. The owner must provide proof of a current license and microchip within 30 days after release.

Governor Brown vetoed SB 702 on October 7, 2011. Click here for his veto message.

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Bill Status

October 7 , 2011: Governor Brown vetoed SB 702 on October 7, 2011. Click here for his veto message.

AB 241 (Nava) - The Responsible Breeder Act

AB 241 The Responsible Breeder Act, introduced by Assembly Member Nava and sponsored by SCIL.

Puppy mills are large-scale breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies for sale. Puppy mills commonly house animals in overcrowded, filthy, and inhumane conditions with inadequate shelter and care. AB 241 addresses the problems puppy mills create by limiting the number of intact cats or dogs a seller can maintain to 50

AB 1634 generated a large amount of goodwill from both parties in Sacramento and passed both the Assembly and Senate with bipartisan support. The bill was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger in late 2010. In his statement, the Governor indicated that he felt it was unfair to limit breeders to 50 unsterilized adult dogs or cats.

To visit the original AB 241 website, click here (Opens in new window)..

SB 250 (Florez) - The Pet Responsibility Act

SB 250 The Pet Responsibility Act, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez and sponsored by SCIL.

SB 250 provides a reasonable, fiscally responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California. The bill simply requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner/guardian obtains an unaltered dog license when they license their animal.

SB 250 passed the Senate but did not move out of the Assembly.

AB 1634 (Levine) - California Healthy Pets Act

AB 1634 The California Healthy Pets Act, introduced by Assembly Member Levine and sponsored by SCIL.

AB 1634 requires that a dog or cat to be spayed or neutered, if the animal is repeatedly impounded by animal control or cited for being at large, or is repeatedly cited for being unlicensed as required by current law.

AB 1634 generated the largest amount of positive feedback for a bill in Sacramento for over a decade, with over 15,000 Californians sending letters to the Legislators in support of the bill.

The bill passed the Assembly but did not move out of the Senate. To visit the original AB 1634 website, click here (Opens in new window)..

New Orleans Katrina Pet Location Database

After the devastating hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, thousands of stranded pets ended up in makeshift shelters. Identifying the animals and reuniting them with their owners was a daunting task.

Responding to the crisis, the founders of SCIL designed and implemented an online database called the AR USA / ARNO System. The system provided an immediate environment for the shelters to enter searchable information about the animals, including photos, location found, physical description, etc.

The AR USA / ARNO System supported thousands of animals and led to the reunion of hundreds of pet owners and their animals.

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