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Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,
Congratulations on your recent achievements with respect to animal issues. I also want to add that you are doing an excellent job as the Governor of our state. I have a proposal that will allow you to:
1. Continue to be an animal friendly Governor.
2. Potentially end the killing of all dogs and cats in California animal shelters.
3. Save the taxpayers money. The state currently spends approximately $140 million dollars to house and kill dogs and cats in state animal shelters; this cost can be reduced or potentially eliminated.
Make California a nationwide leader
in animal welfare.
I propose that you establish a California Animal Commission, which will be comprised of individuals committed to the welfare of animals. The Commission's purpose will be to offer suggestions, write proposals and generally help cities and counties end the killing of shelter dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.
This volunteer commission, which will cost the taxpayers nothing, will hold regular meetings, identify issues to be addressed, and make recommendations to local government. In the end, the Commission should be able to save the state and localities a great deal of money.
It could also advise on how to access Maddie's Fund $300 million dollars in money, available to help cities, counties and states transition into "no kill."
kill" is an achievable
San Francisco has ended the killing of all healthy dogs and cats at their
shelters. Tompkins County, New York has stopped the killing of healthy and
medically/behaviorally treatable animals. New York City, the state of Utah
and several counties around the nation have solid plans in place and
should be "no-kill" within less than a decade.
you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (818) 346-5280. I hope
to hear from you soon. Thank you.