Helping Unhoused Residents with Pets
Individuals experiencing homelessness or domestic violence often are denied shelter if they don’t surrender their pets. When pets are surrendered, less than 15% are reunited, furthering depression and anxiety among our most vulnerable.
Collaborating with animal rights advocates, local shelters, and stakeholders, my office is advancing AB1215, common-sense legislation that will revive the Pet Assistance with Support (PAWS) Program, offering grants to homeless and domestic violence shelters to accommodate pets. While we work on this policy, we are also working to ensure we allocate $30 million through our state budget to support the policy.
There are two ways to help:
- Write a letter of support for the $30M budget request to: BudgetSub4@asm.ca.gov, cc: Assemblymember.Carrillo@assembly.ca.gov
- Register your support for the policy HERE.
A big thank you to “Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen” for the opportunity to share the importance of this policy with viewers. Our goal is to ensure that we show compassion towards individuals experiencing homelessness and/or individuals hoping to receive help through a domestic violence shelter. Click to watch the interview:
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other state matter, please do not hesitate to call my office at one of the numbers listed below:
Los Angeles: (213) 483-5252
Sacramento: (916) 319-2052
Assemblywoman, District 52
Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.4 on State Administration
Chair, Select Committee on Latina Inequities
Vice Chair, Legislative Progressive Caucus