San Diego Humane Society Celebrates this Milestone for Animals in Need

state-shelter-petSeptember 15, 2015: SAN DIEGO — Last week the California State Legislature passed a resolution declaring the Shelter Pet as the official State Pet of California (ACR 56). San Diego Humane Society is celebrating this declaration as an important milestone for shelter animals! “California has always been at the forefront of animal welfare, and this is another indication of the importance this state places on its animals. This is a big win to bring recognition to the global tragedy of animal homelessness,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society.

This declaration comes just two months after San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition (SDAWC) shelters** announced reaching “Getting to Zero,” which refers to reaching zero euthanasia of healthy or treatable animals in San Diego. Previously, treatable animals were at risk of euthanasia in shelters due to sheer numbers and limited resources. With more than 45,000 homeless animals flooding San Diego shelters each year, these facilities are constantly filled to capacity and their resources are stretched incredibly thin.

Weitzman continues, “The San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition shelters do everything we can to help all animals that come into our care. But the reality is, we can’t do it all. And we can’t do it alone. No shelter can. It takes collaboration in its strongest form to create the safety net needed to care for so many sick and injured animals. We’re happy to see that our state also shares this sentiment that homeless animals need and deserve our protection. This outpouring of support is inspiring to see.”

The hope is that by designating the Shelter Pet as an official symbol of California, adoption will be top-of-mind for more people wanting pets. In doing so, state residents can help ease the strain of animal overpopulation in shelters across California. Every adoption truly makes a difference – for both animal and animal shelter.

ACR 56, was introduced by Assemblymember Eric Linder (R-Corona).

**The seven organizations that comprise the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition (SDAWC) are: Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, Coronado Animal Care Facility, El Cajon Animal Shelter, Friends of Cats, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, and San Diego Humane Society

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kelli Schry: 619.250.6801 or [email protected].

About San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services.