California’s Hayden Law survived Governor Brown’s repeal proposal for a second time yesterday, thanks to the continued efforts of animal lovers and activists.
Governor Jerry Brown proposed earlier this year that the Hayden Law be repealed as part of his cost cutting plan for the state. The law gives animals a chance to be pulled or adopted and families a chance to reclaim their pets. A repeal would shorten hold times from 6 to 3 days and do away with rules mandating that shelters keep some evening or weekend hours so working families can retrieve their missing animals.
The shelter law survived an Assembly subcommittee on state administration vote on March 13, and a Senate subcommittee on resources, environmental protection and transportation vote yesterday. Yesterday’s vote went 3-0 against a bill that included the shelter law among other cost cutting proposals. The battle is not over yet, as the law needs to survive more hearings before it is safe. Though the Hayden Law has been suspended since 2009, supporters feel it is important to keep in on the books. Governor Brown’s office claims the law does not increase adoptions and says a repeal would save tens of millions of dollars. The law’s supporters disagree.
Organizations including Stray Cat Alliance continue to remind animal lovers to make calls and send emails as the law faces the series of challenges in this legislative session. The efforts by advocates, animal lovers, and pet owners are credited with keeping the issue in the public mind and helping the votes go in the law’s favor.