LOS ANGELES — State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) was joined by Governor Jerry Brown, Pierce Brosnan and Cesar Millan at a Petco store in Los Angeles today to promote the Pet Lover’s Specialty License Plate. The push to promote the plate is the culmination of a legislative effort to keep the plate from expiring before it reached the number of pre-orders necessary to start production.
Judie Mancuso, president of the Pet Lover’s License Plate fund and member of the Veterinary Medical Board, Assemblyman Solorio, actor Pierce Brosnan, Cesar Millan and LA City Councilmember Tony Cardenas at the Pet Lover’s License Plate event held today.
Assemblyman Solorio, author of AB 610, the bill that extended the life of the specialty plate, said at the event, “I’m here to tell you that priority number one is to save more pet lives in California. Providing animal shelters with the proceeds of the specialty plate so they can perform inexpensive spay/neuter surgeries is humane and cost effective.”
AB 610, signed by the Governor earlier in the week, will provide additional time for the California Pet Lover’s License plate effort to acquire the 7,500 paid pre-orders needed to start production on the new specialty license plate. Once available to the public, this Veterinary Medical Board sponsored specialty license plate will provide a large scale, permanent funding source for spay and neuter programs at city and county animal shelters.
One million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and more than half of them are euthanized. It has long been proven that the simplest and most effective solution to reducing pet overpopulation is for pet owners to spay or neuter their pets. California spends more than $290 million annually to house and euthanize animals.
“Pet owners want to do the right thing, but spay/neuter surgeries average $95 per procedure,” said Solorio. “The annual proceeds from the plate will give city and county animal shelters the opportunity to bring those costs down to more affordable levels, or even be free. Ultimately, this bill will save hundreds of thousands of pet lives in California.”