As you know, the U.S. faces a tragic companion-animal overpopulation crisis—millions of animals enter shelters every year. In California, taxpayers spend a quarter of a billion dollars annually to house homeless and unwanted animals at shelters. Every time someone buys a dog, cat, or rabbit from a pet store, an animal at the local shelter loses a chance to find a home. 

Many other homeless and unwanted animals—who are abandoned or neglected but never make it into shelters and so aren't counted as part of shelter statistics—suffer and die on the streets after being hit by cars, being attacked by other animals, succumbing to disease or the elements, or enduring other awful fates.

The California State Assembly is considering a proposed bill, called the "Pet Rescue and Adoption Act," that would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits, who mostly come from high-volume breeding mills, at pet stores and encourage retailers to facilitate adoptions of animals from local shelters instead. If it becomes law, this lifesaving piece of legislation would prevent the suffering, neglect, and needless deaths of countless animals throughout California. Please urge your Assembly member to support this legislation now.

The California State Assembly will meet today, May 22, at 1 p.m. in order to vote on the bill. Please call your Assembly member immediately and respectfully urge him or her to support AB 485. If you're not sure who represents you, please click here.

Thank you for your compassion for animals.

Sincerely, 

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