We keep reading about the financial problems California in particular is facing during the global financial crisis. One bill argued the state could do without is the US$250 million they are spending every year to house the one million dogs and cats entering shelters, about half of which end up euthanized. That's just the financial cost. The social cost and the cost to the animals is impossible to measure.
Senate Bill 250 the Pet Responsibility Act is currently on its way to becoming law in California from 1 January 2010. It's a pretty simple piece of legislation that requires all dogs to be spayed or neutered unless the owner seeks an "unaltered" dog license. It also requires cat owners to have their pet spayed or neutered if they intend to allow the cat outdoors.
Good on the people responsible for promoting this very sensible bit of law. I hope they succeed in getting it in place and it has the desired impact. Saving a bunch of unwanted animals from been born and saving a bunch of money at the same time is a good outcome.