June 21, 2023


My first trip back to the Capitol since Covid...and it was fun! I would like to thank Assemblymember Ash Kalra and his staff for a job well done on ACR 86. Also a big thank you to Kenn Altine, CEO, SPCA Sacramento, for testifying, Nickolaus Sackett for carrying the load on AB 829, and Jennifer McDonald for making the trip with me.

ACR 86, the Pet Crisis Response Act, authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and coauthored by a bipartisan group of twelve legislators, passed the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions with a unanimous vote of 18-0. The resolution details the underlying issues that have contributed to too many dogs, cats, rabbits and other species being born in or brought into California without enough Californians willing to give them forever homes and urges action on the pet overpopulation crisis in California.

ACR 86 is sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and supported by veterinarians, shelter staff and volunteers, rescue organizations, and philanthropists and celebrities including Priscilla Presley, Katherine Heigl, Maggie Q, Dr. Gary Michelson, and Louise Linton.

ACR 86 Hearing


It is great to two winning headlines in the same day! Yesterday, Assembly Bill 829, the Animal Cruelty & Violence Intervention Act, authored by Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Valley Center) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee, also with a unanimous vote of 5-0.

We thank the Chair, Senator Wahab, and the rest of the bipartisan committee for supporting the bill, and Assemblymember Waldron (pictured) for leading the charge!

AB 829 next goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stay tuned for updates!


Tickets on sale now for our event!

We are so excited to invite you to our first fundraiser since early 2020! We will be hosted by the ever-generous Michelson family in Brentwood, and we will be honoring the one and only Priscilla Presley for her lifetime of animal advocacy.

It’s been a tough few years for many in the nonprofit space, and we are no exception. Before the pandemic, SCIL was sponsoring 8 to 11 bills per year. We celebrated massive legislative wins with you: in 2017, we kicked puppy mill breeders out of retail pet stores; in 2018, we banned the sale of cosmetics tested on animals and got plant-based options in all state hospitals and prisons; and in 2019, we ended commercial and recreational fur trapping and saved wild animals from circuses.

Since then, we have made significant progress by getting five bills signed into law. But now, we are ready to recapture the momentum we had before Covid.

Thank you to everyone who made donations to keep us going during that time. We are grateful for every dollar we raise and put it to good use saving and protecting animals.

Please share this email far and wide. We hope to see you July 15th for the Animal Rights Event of the Year!

Thank you!

For those new to our work, we have a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) to which you may donate. 


All donations to Social Compassion, our 501(c)3, are tax deductible. Social Compassion is the vehicle from which we drive all non-lobbying activities. 501(c)(3) activities include rescue, spay and neutering efforts, stakeholder alliance building, and media and public outreach. 501(c)(3) funds also cover the administrative costs of running a nonprofit organization.       


Social Compassion in Legislation, our 501(c)(4), is our lobbying organization, and donations to it are not tax deductible. SCIL forges relationships between citizen stakeholder groups, government administrators, business leaders and elected officials to successfully drive legislation to benefit animals. We have navigated the political waters in California at the local and state levels. We recognize when small, measured steps are appropriate or when the time is right for bold action.


Tickets for our fundraiser will go to our 501(c)(3) and are tax deductible.

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