California Senate Approves Bill To Help Homeless Shelters Cover The Cost Of Pets

A woman rides with a dog along the bike path near a homeless encampment by Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, March 8, 2017. The encampment was located south of Orangewood Avenue, but recently moved north along the Santa Ana River. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

By: Lynn Walsh
May 22, 2019 —

SAN DIEGO — California state Senators on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would provide $5 million to help shelters better serve homeless pet owners.

Senate Bill 258 will next move to the state Assembly where it is awaiting committee assignment.

The bill would provide grants to California homeless shelters through the Department of Housing and Community Development. The grants would help cover the costs of providing shelter, food and basic veterinary care for pets whose owners are homeless.

In San Diego, the Alpha Project estimates 10% of the people in their shelter own a pet. Chief Operating Officer Amy Gonyeau said they allow pets because not doing so can be a deterrent for people to access services.

This article courtesy of KPBS

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