California – First Statewide Pet Store Ban

More than a year ago, Governor Brown signed AB 485 into California State Law. TOMORROW, on January 1st, it will finally come into effect!

California is the first state in the USA to require that all cats, dogs, and rabbits sold in stores come from rescue organizations, not commercial breeding facilities (aka puppy mills).

Thank you to everyone nationwide who wrote letters, emailed, called and lobbied to help make this bill pass! A special thank you to Judie Mancuso and Social Compassion in Legislation for authoring this bill, and to Assemblymembers Patrick O’Donnell and Matt Dababneh for introducing the bill and for being its champions. We’re especially proud of our California-based Harley’s Heroes and everyone, nationwide, who worked so hard behind the scenes.

WOO HOO!!!!!


  1. This is such wonderful news! Now we need to get other states and finally a Federal law. Thank you, Harley for awaking so many people to the existence of puppy mills!

  2. This is the most fantastic breakthrough – a landmark victory not just for the rest of the USA States and Rerritories, but also a benchmark for the rest of the world today.

  3. Thank you guy’s for all the for you done.
    I saved 2 dogs from a puppy mill , there 14 and 13 right now.
    I wanted to put my 2 cent in years ago 🙂 my faled Foster Charlie Brown just past away this year he was a sweet heart he came from angles among use in Ga.
    I have a little Chihuahua that some one didn’t want she is 9 years old now I love my dogs you guys keep doing what you doing. ❤️Thank you awesome job ✅ done .

  4. Such great news, congratulations California for stepping up against puppy mill organizations! We need more states to follow and start taking care of the animals, backing adoptions and ligit breeders!

  5. what a giant step forward this is – can’t wait till it is all 50 states

  6. Mills Act of 2018

    This is a link to an article about MD passing legislation to ban puppy mill dogs from being sold in pet stores… please don’t forget us. Congratulations to California on passing such an important law….All 50 States should follow their lead. <3 <3 <3

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