March 22, 2020 – Governor Clarifies Animal Shelter Workers as Essential – 

Governor Gavin Newsom updated his shelter-in-place order to clarify that workers in animal care facilities – including animal shelters – are “essential”. Until now, the public has been confused about how to engage with vital animal services in their communities, and each animal shelter has been left to interpret the order. This clarification removes uncertainty and helps shelters operate in accordance with Governor’s mandate, which will save animal lives while prioritizing the health and safety of shelter employees and the public.

The Governor’s announcement today is great news for shelters, families, and the animals we have dedicated our lives to saving. Shelter PALS is proud to have timely assisted with the development of this language and joined other animal welfare leaders to elevate the need to state officials.