A Pet Animal Protection Act proposal has been presented for review, and hopefully to be placed on the November 2008 ballot, to help protect shelter pets in California. 

From PetConnection’s blog, a summary of the proposal’s goal is that: 

No animal should be killed if the animal can be placed in a suitable home, if a private sheltering agency or rescue group is willing to take care and custody of the animal for purposes of adoption, or, in the case of feral cats, if they can be sterilized and released to their habitats. 

It would also require shelters to change the way they handle stray animals, prohibit the killing of neonatal puppies and kittens, mandate that public shelters be open seven days a week and during hours when working people can go to the shelter, and a wide variety of other animal care and public policy provisions.

In order to appear on the November 2008 ballot, it will need to be approved first by the Attorney Generals office and then will need 434,000 signatures from registered voters. 

Please visit our friends at PetConnection for more information.