STOP Los Angeles and Other Major Cities from the Unreasonable Pet Limit Laws and Restrictions
LA plans to restrict households to 3 pets total.. cats and dogs. Nobody is suggested we allow or promoting hoarding, but a 3 pet limit, especially when we have major over-capacity in our shelters is cruel and unusual punishment for both animals and owners.
Pet ownership needs to be dealt with on a case by case basis if there is a problem, but many people can easily own 4, 5 or 6 pets or own a couple and foster pets without any problems.
Stop the killing… Stop the rules and restrictions… Stop Big Brother!!
For some people, one pet is too much. For other people 6 are perfect. It is a matter of time, money, desire and love. Instead of the land of the free, we have become a land of restrictions and robots. Adopting just one more pet is a blessing for the person who can do it and saves a life. Temporarily fostering animals is blessing and saves many lives. Restricting people and whole cities to 1, 2 or 3 pets for no real reason is a curse for everybody… humans and animals alike as well ad for the spirit of a country who has lost its heart!!!
Do pet-limit laws make sense?
Vinnie, a confident, social guy, would love a home, even if he had to share the space with other cats and dogs Photo: Philip White
Many people are surprised to learn there’s a legal limit to the number of dogs and cats you can have in Los Angeles. Whether you live in a multi-acre compound or a one bedroom apartment, by law you’re only allowed three dogs and three cats per residence.
Initially this might appear to make sense. We’ve all seen upsetting video of animal seizures at the homes of hoarders who get in over their heads with fifty, a hundred, or even hundreds of animals. Although hoarders may start out with good intentions, by the time authorities intervene often the dogs or cats are suffering from severe neglect.
Purebred Jack Russell Trooper would normally have been adopted quickly, but an accident left him with a limp, and without a home Photo: Jackie Bass
The only problem with this justification for pet-limit laws is that most animal care and mental health professionals agree hoarding is a mental disorder. People who suffer from mental disorders generally don’t curb their compulsions based on what the law allows.
The ones who are really hurt by pet-limit laws are the cats and dogs waiting for good homes, and responsible potential adopters who are unable to provide those homes because they’re afraid Animal Services will raid their home and seize their beloved pets. What’s the use of giving an animal a home if the City can come at any time, even if the pet is well cared for, and take that animal away to a kill shelter (all L.A. City and County shelters are currently kill shelters)?
Kitty, both beautiful and very sweet, would do well in a home with other cats Photo: Vanda Krefft
Some courageous caregivers adopt anyway, striving to keep a low profile so they can continue to provide safe homes for as many pets as they can properly provide for. But these people, motivated by kindness and the willingness to do what it takes to give animals in need a loving home, live in constant fear of discovery – of what? Their dedication to caring for dogs and cats? Because they’re willing to devote their lives and money to helping homeless and often stereotypically “unadoptable” animals, they live in fear that those animals may be taken from them and killed.
I know of one family that gives a wonderful home to many handicapped and chronically ill cats. These are nice, normal people who have accepted that they don’t get to take vacations like others do. They aren’t going to have a hot new car, or a “media room” with the newest flat screen TV, because their money goes to cat food, medication and vet bills. But they’re making the lives of many cats happy and love-filled who otherwise would very likely have been killed long ago. The catch? This family doesn’t dare tell anyone how many cats they have – not even friends and fellow rescuers. They live their lives under a cloud, simply because they choose to do what we say we value in this culture, which is to be kind, unselfish, and giving to less fortunate creatures.
And cats are much easier to hide than dogs. How many homeless dogs could be saved, instead of killed in City and County shelters, if every caregiver who had three dogs but had the willingness and resources to care for four or more were able to do so? I know one woman who, damn the torpedoes, has four dogs, most of them seniors, and who is thinking about adopting a fifth special needs dog. Her dogs are the cleanest, nicest, most well taken care of dogs you’ll ever meet, even though if she hadn’t adopted them many of them might still be languishing in shelters, or worse, given their ages and special needs.
I know some people will object that it’s “too difficult” to care for that many dogs or cats. But it’s only too difficult if that’s not what you want to do. For those with the time, resources and love to give, it would be nice if our City and County gave them the option to feel on secure legal footing while providing a loving family to the homeless dogs and cats of L.A.
Source – Los Angeles Pet Rescue – Examiner
And here we thought Chicago’s attempt to pass a five-dog limit was controversial!
I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." -Abraham Lincoln