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.

The current state of shelter law and policy is insufficient to address important companion animal welfare issues in California.

The SF SPCA Shelter Policy and Legal Services (Shelter PALS) provides legal and policy aid to California shelters through collaborative efforts of in-house and pro-bono attorneys and other experts.

While we are currently working with a handful of shelters across the state, we aim to roll this effort out statewide.  We are currently accepting donations to extend this life saving legal effort.



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


Provide legal and policy support and education to California shelters. 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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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