California's shelter system is in crisis.
Each year, over $250 million dollars is spent housing and euthanizing homeless dogs and cats in California1. Approximately 1 million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and over half of them are euthanized (killed) simply because there are not enough homes2.
This enormous number of homeless pets actually means that every dog born in the state of California today has nearly a 1 in 4 chance of ultimately becoming homeless and dying in a shelter3. Two-thirds of the cats entering California shelters are euthanized2. And, the number of dogs and cats entering our shelters is currently on the rise2.
One of SCIL's primary goals is to pass comprehensive spay & neuter legislation across California. This type of legislation provides a reasonable, fiscally responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California. Typically, the legislation simply requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner/guardian obtains an unaltered dog license when they license their animal. Frequently this legislation also requires that roaming cats be spayed and neutered by their owner/guardian.