Governor Brown and Asm. Solorio Promote Pet Lover’s License Plates

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 5/2/2012. (Photo: Lou Delgado)

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.”

Governor and Sutter Brown (Photo: Lou Delgado)

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.”

  3 comments for “Governor Brown and Asm. Solorio Promote Pet Lover’s License Plates

  1. doug williams
    May 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Not only is the plate unattractive there is no “fund’ where the money will be kept.. no plan as to how it will be spent or even how it will be distributed.If the plate has been popular it would have sold out in the the period allotted for ALL vanity plates and not needed an”extension” which has NEVER been granted in the past to other worthy plates that have not sold.
    If you wan to help animals.. give the money that you wold spend on this plate ( and not have any idea where it was spent) and take a donation to your LOCAL shelter. to find your local shleter go and type in your zip code. they will NOT ask for money only let you know where your nearest shleter is located..Sapy the plate and make your money work for you and the animals.. bureaucrats don’t spend wisely

  2. dougw
    May 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    If you want to make sure you money goes to worthy cause try http://www.humaneforpets,com
    They will direct you to your closest local shelter and NEVER ask you for one thin dime. This plate did not receive enough purchases in the time allotted for ANY plate so why the extension when it has not been granted to any other groups? and there is no fund for this money to be put into or any method of distribution. besides it is an unattractive plate. Why give your money to a bureaucratic organization and have no idea where it really goes? When you give locally you know where and how your donor dollars are being used.

  3. Vet Barnes
    May 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

    This is outrageous to promote to the public. Folks spend your money where you know it will do some good and that is locally. These plates are just for bringing in money so your bankrupt state can spend more, but not on the animals. Don’t bother buying such a plate as it means they more money will be taken from your local shelter and directed toward other things. Having such a plate on your car means you signed onto a scam and don’t give a dam about the shelters or the pets in them.

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