Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) urges Californians to consider adopting dogs and cats from local animal shelters to relieve overcrowding and save these animals from certain euthanization.
The current economic crisis has placed an enormous strain on local animal shelter systems, threatening the lives of thousands of animals. The recent state budget has shortened the minimum number of days that state law requires shelters to board animals from six to three. While this move may cut down on the cost of caring for the animals, it doesn't give them much time to be saved through adoption. Furthermore, euthanizing thousands of animals also costs significant state resources, which we need to conserve during this budget crisis.
Every day, thousands of dogs and cats have to be killed because there is simply no room for them to stay in the shelters for more than a few days. Adopting a pet from an animal shelter and caring for that pet for the rest of its life is a responsible way to relieve the overcrowding of these pets at animal shelters.
In most instances, these dogs and cats are young, healthy, and friendly animals that are euthanized simply because there are not enough good homes for them. This is why it is more important than ever to help local animal shelters by adopting a pet.
To draw attention to this urgent need for Californians to consider adopting dogs and cats from overcrowded animal shelters, Assemblymember Ted Lieu has introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 91, a resolution that declares the month of September 2009 as "Adopt a Shelter Pet Month."
There's nothing wrong with shelter pets…and one is waiting for you!
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