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California Stray and Owner Relinguished Animal Initiative (2008)

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The Stray and Relinguished Animal Initiative (07-0059) was shooting for the November 2008 general election ballot in California as an initiated state statute. Its supporters would have had to turn in 433,971 valid signatures in order to make the November ballot. However, the California Secretary of State announced on May 2, 2008 that the measure had failed to qualify.[1]

The objective of the initiative was to mandate methods and practices for animal euthanasia in all public and private agencies sheltering stray or owner-relinquished animals. It also:

  • Requires mandatory holding periods and conditions that must be satisfied before any animal is killed.
  • Mandates shelters to develop and follow care, cleaning, and disease-prevention protocols.
  • Requires funds collected from dog license revenues to be used for free and low-cost animal sterilization and medical assistance programs.
  • Requires that most animals adopted from specified agencies be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
  • Creates reporting, tracking, and notification requirements.
  • Establishes private enforcement authority.

Estimated fiscal impact of the measure

Fiscal impact estimate as provided by California's Legislative Analyst office:

Probably significant local animal shelter operating costs in the mid tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis, potentially small portion of costs being offset by penalty and adoption revenues. Potential ongoing state administrative costs of a couple million dollars each year.

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