Pet Rescue & Adoption Act

AB 485 (O'Donnell)

A landmark bill banning the sale of mill-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown today.  In addition to the ban, AB 485, introduced by Assemblymembers Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) and Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills), and sponsored by Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL), will require that stores offer dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescue groups. The signing of AB 485 makes California the first state in the country to enact a policy of this kind and will eliminate the trafficking of mill-bred animals into California pet stores.

“Inhumane breeding facilities are mass-producing animals for sale to the public, even as overcrowded shelters euthanize millions of dogs and cats each year. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act celebrates responsible pet ownership by supporting access to rescues and pet adoptions.” 

- Assemblymember O’Donnell.

These cities have already passed similar legislation. 

South Lake Tahoe

Enacted April 2009; effective May 2011

West Hollywood

Enacted February 2010; effective March 2010

Hermosa Beach 

Enacted March 2010; effective April 2010


Enacted May 2010; effective June 2010


Enacted August 2011; effective August 2012


Enacted October 2011; effective immediately

Dana Point

Enacted February 2012; effective immediately

Chula Vista

Enacted March 2012; effective April 2012

Laguna Beach 

Enacted May 2012; effective immediately

Aliso Viejo

Enacted May 16, 2012; effective immediately

Huntington Beach

Enacted June 2012; effective June 2014

Los Angeles 

Enacted October 2012;  (revised language)


Enacted February 2013; effective August 2013

Rancho Mirage

Enacted February 2013; effective March 2013

San Diego

Enacted July 2013; effective September 2013

Ventura County (unincorporated areas)

Enacted December 2013; effective December 2014

Chino Hills

Enacted October 2014; effective November 2014


Enacted January 2015; effective September 2015

Long Beach

Enacted March 2015; effective October 2015

Garden Grove

Enacted March 2015; effective March 2016


Enacted July 2015; effective immediately

Beverly Hills

Enacted August 2015; effective September 2015


Enacted September 2015; effective October 2015

Palm Springs 

Enacted October 2015; effective immediately

San Marcos

Enacted January 2016; effective February 2016

Cathedral City

Enacted January 2016; effective February 2016


Enacted February 2016; effective immediately


Enacted April 2016; effective immediately


La Quinta

Enacted April 2016; effective May 2016



Enacted May 2016; effective June 2016



Enacted June 2016; effective July 2016

Solana Beach

Enacted July 2016; effective July 2016

San Francisco

Enacted February 2017; effective March 2017


Enacted May 2017

South Pasadena

Enacted May 2017

Del Mar
Enacted June 2017


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