Senator Monning Introduces Legislation to Establish Standards at Pet Boarding Facilities

February 04, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced legislation to establish minimum standards of care and safety at pet boarding facilities.  Senate Bill (SB) 945 will provide pet boarding operators with clear guidance about the health and safety standards needed at their facilities.

“Currently, there are no health and safety standards for pet boarding facilities, and there is no way for the state to ensure a basic level of cleanliness and quality of life for the animals that these operators oversee,” Senator Monning said.  “For many people, pets are like family members, and pet owners deserve to have the peace of mind of knowing that their local pet boarding facilities have a guaranteed minimum standard of care to protect their loved ones.”

While most facilities provide caring, safe accommodations, there have been cases in California where pets were injured or died in a boarding facility, including a recent incident in Monterey where 15 dogs died due to a fire in the facility.    

The standards in SB 945 include: 

  • Animals have adequate space in their housing to move about freely and that the space be appropriate for the species, age, size and condition of the pet;
  • Pet enclosures must be in good repair;
  • Primary enclosures are observed at least once in an 8 hour period;
  • Programs are in place for the routine care, preventive care, emergency care, disease control and prevention, and veterinary treatment of pets in boarding facilities; and
  • A California-licensed veterinarian annually visits the facility.

Pet boarding facility operators found to be in violation of these standards would be guilty of an infraction with a fine of up to $250 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each subsequent violation. 

Contact: Elizabeth Stitt, (916) 651-4017