SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (San Diego) announced that his bill to encourage veterinarians to provide free spay and neuter services to low-income Californians was signed into law by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2300 will allow veterinarians to count up to six hours of these surgeries towards fulfilling their continuing education requirements.
“I’m proud to help people, regardless of their income level, make the responsible choice to spay or neuter their pets,” said Maienschein. “This bill is a win for veterinarians, low-income pet owners, and the animals who can continue living with their families.”
Some California jurisdictions require pet sterilization, however many low-income households are unable to spay or neuter their pets due to the cost. This bill will encourage veterinarians to give back to the community and reduce the number of pets that are euthanized or made homeless because their families can’t afford the required veterinary care.
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein represents the 77th Assembly District, which includes which includes the communities of 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Del Dios, Del Mar Heights, Fairbanks Ranch, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and Tierrasanta.