Washington Senate Bill 5202: Statewide Spay/Neuter Assistance Program
Sponsor: Senator Maralyn Chase
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: None at this time.
Update—February 24, 2014: Unfortunately, this bill failed to pass out of the Senate. Thanks to your phone calls and comments, though, the issue gained a lot of traction and the ASPCA will continue to work to establish a spay/neuter program in Washington State.
Last year, the ASPCA joined with local animal welfare organizations to urge the legislature to pass Washington Senate Bill 5202, which would establish the framework for a much-needed statewide spay/neuter assistance program. We need your help to ensure that the state legislature takes action to approve this important measure this year.
Pet homelessness is a serious problem in Washington State, and the problem continues to worsen as personal financial hardships leads to pet surrender and abandonment. Every year, tens of thousands of adoptable animals are killed in Washington’s shelters simply because there are not enough homes for them. This is occurring despite the best efforts of our animal welfare community.
SSB 5202 does not make spay/neuter surgery mandatory. Instead, it establishes the framework necessary to build an effective statewide spay/neuter fund. Spay/neuter programs are an effective way to reduce the number of animals that enter the sheltering system.