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Round #1 of Hayden Law repeal attempt goes to California shelter animals

The California Assembly Budget Subcommittee rejected Governor Brown’s attempt to repeal critical elements of the Hayden Law yesterday. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens had contacted their elected officials — Best Friends members alone sent over 47,000 messages — urging them to reject the appeal. The legislators got the message loud and clear.

From here, the attempted repeal goes to the State Senate Budget Subcommittee on April 11 at 2:30 p.m.

We won round one, but the fight to protect this landmark legislation is not over. Please call the following subcommittee members to express your opposition to the governor’s proposed repeal of the Hayden mandate:

Senator Joe Simitian: (916) 651-4011
Senator Jean Fuller: (916) 651-4018
Senator Alan Lowenthal: (916) 651-4027

Thank you once again for your committed support.


Francis Battista
Co-Founder, Best Friends Animal Society


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  • Sandiegoanimalfriends

    Just a thought, that perhaps if California shelters can align and agree to data transparency using the Asilomar Accords; the performance of our communities and the performance of our shelters would become transparent, and the collaboration of data would demonstrate to the Governor and the people of California, that the funding is serving it’s intended purpose.

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  • Barkindg52

    Great news! Let’s make it through the second round for our animals.

  • ReganWoodPhotography

    Awesome work, Best Friends and followers!  Rooting for you from NYC.

  • Lovefelines2003

    Terrific news – we will win round two as well!!

  • Canibeyou

    Love it! The fight isn’t over… but I’ll celebrate this round! 

  • Kathrynbeeler

    Please add a link to the legislation to those of us who missed this one.