New California Pet Store Law Helps Shelter Animals

January 1, 2019 was the first day that a new animal welfare law went into effect here in California.  Under this law (called the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act), pet stores cannot sell dogs, cats, or rabbits unless they are from animal shelters or rescue organizations.

This law prevents pet stores from selling animals sourced from commercial breeding operations, known as puppy mills.

According to the Sacramento Bee, pet stores in California must publicly display documentation on each animal’s origins in the area where the animal is housed.

Pet stores in violation of this law will have to pay a fine of $500 for each pet that is sold illegally.

Here’s a video on the new law from NBC News:



Voters Approve New Animal Welfare Laws in Florida and California

This week’s midterm elections saw two major animal welfare victories in the states of Florida and California.

Florida’s Amendment 13, a measure to ban commercial Greyhound racing, was approved by 69% of voters in the state.  Thanks to this new legislation, Greyhound racing will be phased out over the next two years.  Good news for dog lovers interested in adopting retired Greyhounds!

In California, Proposition 12 was on the ballot.  Prop 12 was approved by 61% of California voters.  This measure will establish minimum space requirements for farm animals (egg-laying chickens, veal calves, and breeding pigs).  It will also ban the sale of meat and eggs from farms that don’t meet the space requirements.

Do you know the animal protection laws in your state?  You can find out by clicking on the interactive map on the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s website.


Wildfires Impact California Shelter Pets

The many large wildfires in California are having a devastating impact on people and their pets.  But what about the homeless animals in the path of the fires?

Many of these shelter animals are being evacuated from fire zones and are being brought to shelters in the San Francisco Bay area, so that pets displaced by fires can get emergency housing.

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek California is working to rescue homeless dogs and cats from shelters impacted by fire.  These animals are now available for adoption.

Click below to learn more about what ARF is doing to help these sweet pets!


Litter of 17 Puppies Born on Napa Farm


Stella, a Maremma Sheepdog (a breed of livestock guardian dog from Italy), gave birth to a litter of 17 puppies at Napa Grass Farmer, a holistic, regenerative farm in California’s scenic wine country. This is thought to be the largest litter of puppies ever born in the state of California.


As adorable as these little bundles of fur look, none of the puppies will be a family pet. All will eventually make their way to farms around California and be trained as working livestock guardian dogs just like their mom Stella.


Maremmas look like the fluffy sheep they are bred to protect from predators. In fact, the puppies are often raised in barns with the livestock they will be guarding, forming a stronger bond with them than with their humans.

Want more cuddly cuteness? Check out this video about the puppies from CBS News in the San Francisco Bay area HERE.


Cage-Free California: Landmark Animal Welfare Legislation Implemented

FACE Executive Director Brooke Haggerty and Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President & CEO

FACE Executive Director Brooke Haggerty and Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President & CEO

The FACE Foundation joins many other animal welfare organizations in California and around the country in celebrating the implementation of California’s Proposition 2. Prop 2, also known as Cage-Free California, was overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2008. On January 1, 2015, the law went into effect.

This important legislation requires that all egg-laying hens raised in California must be able to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their wings. Along with Prop 2, California Assembly Bill 1437 (enacted in 2010) requires that all whole shell eggs sold in California (regardless of where they were produced) must be compliant with Prop 2 requirements. This legislation also went into effect on January 1st.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 260 million egg-laying hens in the U.S. are confined to barren wire battery cages. These cages trap each hen into a space the size of a shoe box, so small they cannot move freely or perform basic natural behaviors. Prop 2 goes a long way towards ending this inhumane confinement of hens.


The Prop 2 initiative also requires that all breeding pigs and veal calves have the same ability to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their limbs. FACE is proud to join the HSUS and other animal welfare advocates in celebrating this victory for the animals. We urge all egg producers and retailers to follow the cage-free guidelines.

To learn more about Cage-Free California, click HERE. To read HSUS President Wayne Pacelle’s blog about the issue, click HERE.