Shelter PALS
Policy & Legal Services

Shelter Policy and Legal Services (Shelter PALS) establishes a new area of law and policy to empower California shelters with legal support and education to bring compassionate care to companion animals.

SHELTER PALS KEY STRATEGIES

1

Develop animal shelter law and policy to serve as a foundation for all actions and educate the legal community and key stakeholders.

2

Provide legal and policy support and education to California shelters. 

3

Improve the lives of shelter animals by resolving priority legal issues.

Significant

Opportunities Exist

  • Aside from the SF SPCA, no shelter in California has an attorney on staff steeped in shelter law. 
  • Nowhere in the country is this type of groundbreaking assistance to shelters being provided.
  • The scalable and sustainable model is well positioned for national impact. 

San Francisco SPCA Advocacy Highlights

2012-2014

  • Bear & Bobcat Hounding Ban (SB 1221)
  • Abolish Cruel Wildlife Killing (AB 789)
  • Non-lead Ammunition (AB 711)
  • Stockton Ordinances & Litigation

2016

  • CO2 Gas Chamber Ban (AB 2505)
  • Support Animal Tenants’ Rights (AB 2760)
  • Vicious Dog Definition (AB 1825)

2018

  • Pets in Divorce (AB 2274)
  • Underage Kitten/Puppy Rescue (AB 2791)
  • First Aid to Pets (SB 1305)
  • Prevent Cruelty California (Prop 12)

2015

  • SF Wild Animals Performance Ban
  • Bullhook Ban (SB 716)
  • Ivory & Rhino Horn Ban (AB 96)

2017

  • Pet Store Sales Ban (AB 485)
  • Deceptive Online Pet Ads (AB 1138)
  • Pets & Housing Developments (AB 1137)
  • Stockton Sustainability Plan

2019

  • $5MM Grants for Homeless & Pets
  • Public Transit & Pet Evacuation (SB 397)
  • Domestic Violence & Pets (AB 415)
  • Underage Kitten Adoption (AB 1565)

TEAM

  • Project Management
  • Issue Prioritization
  • Shelter Recruitment
  • Attorney Onboarding
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising

Brandy Kuentzel
General Counsel

Lindsay Tang Asst. GC
  • Research & Communication

Bruce Wagman Attorney
  • Target Expert Legal Content/Strategy

Jon Lovvorn Attorney
  • Advisor / Strategy

Jennifer Fearing Lobbyist
  • Advisor / Lobbyist

Chris Hollinger
Vol Attorney
  • Advisor / Strategy

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