California Law Requires Pet Stores to Sell Dogs and Cats From Shelters

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The new 2019 law limits the types of pets retail stores can sell in California. 

Retail pet stores in California sell kittens, rabbits, and puppies only from a rescue organization. Such strict rules on pet stores prevent cruelty to animals. Retailers sell live dogs, cats and rabbits from a public animal control agency, shelter, or humane society group. California is the first state in the country to implement such legislation. 

The San Diego Humane Society is one of the local organizations monitoring retail pet stores to make sure they follow the new rules.



Individuals are still allowed to buy from private breeders, the stores, though, are prohibited to do so. The new law is going to impact taxation. Till now more than $250 million a year was spent to house and euthanize shelter animals. 

The stores required to keep records of each pet source for at least a year, and provide it to the public animal control agencies or shelters whenever requested. Another new state law will allow judges in divorce proceedings to consider the best interests of pets and create custody arrangements for them. This law will change current regard for pets as property and improve pet protection.



The farm bill is another form of federal protection for cats and dogs. One of the provisions in it is banning the slaughter and trade of those animals for human consumption. Oddly enough, it was legal in 44 states to turn cats and dogs into food. 

The current trend to the better is significant.

Read more: A Girl Paid off $5,000 Debt and Saved an Animal Shelter

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