Voice your support of Hayden Law that's in jeopardy

The Hayden Law, California’s landmark shelter reform legislation, is still in danger of repeal. Governor Jerry Brown has identified critical, lifesaving elements of the bill that he wants to be permanently repealed as part of a budget trailer bill.

We understand the need to save money in the California state budget, but the same savings can be achieved by suspending those portions of Hayden that require state funding rather than repealing them. Repeal would set California shelter laws back to standards that were current in 1921. This would result in the needless killing of many thousands of dogs and cats.

Your action is needed to ensure California shelter animals aren’t short changed for a small-change budget saving when other options are available.

On Tuesday, March 13th, an Assembly Budget Subcommittee will discuss funded mandate issues (including the Hayden mandate proposal) at a hearing starting at 1:30 p.m. in Room 447 of the State Capitol. Best Friends will be there, and we want you to join us by attending both the hearing and a joint rally/press conference on the north steps of the Capitol (L Street side) from 12 noon to 12:30, after which we will line up for the 1:30 hearing.

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at the rally, but they are not allowed in the Capitol building itself.

Please contact the Assembly Budget Subcommittee and make your voice heard in support of the animals.

We encourage you to call or email members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee.

For more on the proposed repeal of the Hayden Law, please read my previous blog post on the issue.

Francis Battista