Governor's Revised Budget Would Require Shelters To Euthanize Dogs and Cats Sooner

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, June 5, 2009

Dogs and Cats at California animal shelters would have less time to be adopted before they’re euthanized.  That’s among proposals to cut costs in Governor Schwarzenegger’s latest revised state budget. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...

The governor’s plan would reduce the adoption period for shelter animals from six days to three days.  The U-S Humane Society’s Jennifer Fearing says that would save the state almost 25-million dollars.  But, she says that’s a “paltry” amount compared to the enormity of California’s 24-billion dollar deficit.  Fearing is urging lawmakers to consider an alternative plan that would still save the state money and get more dogs and cats adopted...

“If half of them are able to leave alive and the state were able to reward each shelter with 30 dollars per animal, that would give them some additional funds for which to promote animal adoption and only cost the state 12-million dollars..."

Fearing says last year nearly 400-thousand dogs and cats were “put down” by animal shelters in California.  She says the 25-million dollars the governor’s latest budget plan targets is nearly all of the money the state provides animal shelters.