The L.A. Times and the San Francisco Gate are reporting that Governor Schwarzenegger is using the budget crunch to renew a previous attempt to drastically shorten the holding period animals must be kept at government-funded shelters.
The proposal will change the current hold time of 6 days to 3 days, making it harder for rescuers to get animals out, and making it more difficult for owners to reclaim their lost pets.
He also wants to suspend the Hayden bill known as the Animal Adoption Mandate which protects stray animals.
We must speak for the voiceless animals and urge the governor to cut budgets elsewhere, and not make it worse for animals who are already in bad situations.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
We the undersigned would like to urge you to please consider cutting budgets elsewhere and not decrease the shelter hold time to 3 days. Animals do not end up at the shelter at their own will. Please pass a bill or a law preventing HUMAN from dumping their animals, then you can save millions of dollars from shelters because they would all be empty.
Rescuers work very hard to try to find these poor animals homes, and cutting the holding period will greatly impact adoptable animals' lives.
We urge you to PLEASE PLEASE NOT Pass this Budget Cut.
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