"Shelter animals are not damaged goods. Those that abandoned them are"

                      - FAR Side Journey

Adoption...Giving Hope & Getting Love

Our Adoption Package

Don't Shop, Adopt...

Starting January 1, 2019, It's the Law

California's New Law (AB485)

AB 485 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown and becomes effective January 1, 2019. The new law is designed to eliminate the use of puppy mills by unknowing consumers when they purchase a new puppy. The ASPCA defines a Puppy Mill as large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.

 

Puppy mills keep dogs in cramped, confined and unsanitary conditions. The dogs do not receive adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. Profits are maximized by repeatedly breeding the female dogs with no recovery time between her litters. Puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops or directly to the public over the Internet, through newspaper ads and at swap meets and flea markets. These puppies often have a number of medical issues  including communicable diseases, behavioral issues and genetic disorders. Advertising to the public gives the appearance these puppies came from a clean and healthy environment which is not the case. There is also an equivalent to Puppy Mills for kittens known as Kitten Factories. 

The new law will make it illegal for pet stores to sell any dog, cat, or rabbit unless it came from an animal shelter. Individuals wanting to purchase animals from private breeders will still be allowed to do so. However, it is advised that any purchase of an animal from a breeder includes a visit to the breeders facility along with a meet and greet with the parents of the puppy that is being purchased.

California has been trending towards banning puppy mills for years and 36 cities already have laws in place to prevent mass breeding operations from selling puppy mill puppies. This law codifies, across the State, a permanent ban on selling animals from mass breeding operations. It also address the issue of overcrowding in animal shelters and the high euthanasia rates due to these overcrowding conditions.

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Startling Statistics

Reasons To Adopt

Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. Adoption dramatically reduces the number of animals euthanized. You get a loving animal and you open up shelter space for another animal in need.

 

Most shelter animals wound up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animals did anything wrong. Many are already house-trained and are used to living with families.

Animals give you unconditional love and they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their human companions. Plus, when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need!

  • Processing out of the shelter

  • Veterinarian Examination

  • Microchipping

  • Deworming (if required)

  • Age Appropriate Vaccinations

  • Spaying or Neutering procedure

Donations are always appreciated when we facilitate an adoption because without donations we are not able to continue to help shelter animals find their forever homes. The suggested minimum donation is $125.00 for dogs and $75.00 for cats. Our organization operates solely on donations so if you can donate more than the minimum then we would be very grateful and you would be helping us fulfill our mission.

FAR Side Journey

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing foster, adoption and rescue services so that no owner-relinquished or stray animal has to be held in a municipal shelter awaiting adoption or potential euthanasia due to overcrowded conditions.