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Feature April 2019 Issue

California Becomes First State to Sell Rescue Cats Only in Pet Stores

It’s official. California has become the first state to ban the sale of any cat (or dog or rabbit) in a pet store unless it can be verified that the animal has come from a rescue center. If you must have a bred cat, such as a Persian or other breed, you can still purchase your pet from a private breeder — just not in a retail establishment.

The new law requires that a store selling rescues post “in a conspicuous location on the cage or enclosure of each animal” a sign explaining how the cat got there. All cats for sale must also be spayed or neutered.

More than 6.5 million animals are placed in shelters every year, with some 1.5 million of them put down. This should help lower that number.

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