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California Assembly Bill 1634, known as the California Healthy Pets Act, was assigned to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Monday, March 26. It seeks to require the mandatory spaying or neutering of all dogs or cats over four months of age, unless the owner acquires an intact animal permit. It is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners contact their Assemblymember and the committee chairman to express their opposition.

The American Kennel Club strongly supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously. We oppose the concept of mandatory spay/neuter provisions as provided by AB 1634, which:


  • Makes it a civil violation for any person to possess a dog or cat over four months of age that has not been spayed or neutered.


  • Requires owners of unaltered purebred dogs to annually acquire an intact animal permit from their local jurisdiction. The cost of the intact permit would be determined by the locality. Responsible dog owners could be required to pay unreasonable and punitive fees, possibly amounting to hundreds of dollars.


  • Does not provide exemptions for dogs temporarily entering California for show, competition, or exhibition.




  • Contact your representative in the California State Assembly. To find your Assemblymember, click here.


  • Contact the members of the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee who will consider this bill.


Assemblyman Mike Eng, Chair
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0049
(916) 319-2049
(When writing to Assemblyman Eng, please forward a copy to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee ATTN: Tracy Rhine, Committee Consultant, 1020 N Street, Room 124, Sacramento, CA 94249. FAX: (916) 319-3306. This will ensure that your opposition is included in the official bill analysis.)

Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, Vice Chair
(916) 319-2063

Assemblywoman Karen Bass
(916) 319-2047

Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter
(916) 319-2062

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi
(916) 319-2018

Assemblyman Edward P. Hernandez
(916) 319-2057

Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
(916) 319-2078

Assemblyman Bill Maze
(916) 319-2034

Assemblyman Curren D. Price., Jr.
(916) 319-2051

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico
(916) 319-2020

For more information, contact AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail

The Canine Legislation Department will continue to monitor developments in California, and will issue Legislative Alerts as they warrant.

California Assembly Bill 1634, known as the California Healthy Pets Act, was assigned to the…