In light of recent mass shootings across the United States, a California animal shelter has announced that it is banning people from adopting pets if they do not support strict gun control measures. fire. A statement detailing the bold new policy is currently making waves online.
“We do not support those who believe the 2nd Amendment gives them the right to purchase assault weapons,” Kim Sill, owner of Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks, wrote on the organization’s website. “If your beliefs don’t match ours, we won’t adopt a pet for you.”
In accordance with the anti-gun policy, the rescue animal provider will conduct a one-hour interview with prospective pet parents, during which they will “grill” them if they “care that children being shot in our schools?”
“If you hesitate, because your core belief is that you believe teachers should carry guns, you will not be allowed to adopt from us,” Sill wrote. “If you are hosting us and believe in guns, please bring our dogs and/or cats back, or we will arrange for them to be picked up.”
Additional requirements to provide a furry home include being at least 25 years old and having a valid driver’s license. The Shelter Hope Pet Shop will also inspect applicants’ homes to see if they will provide a safe and loving environment for their pets, which will likely include background checks of the gun position.
In fact, the shelter promised, “If you lie about being a [National Rifle Association] bear, make no mistake, we will sue you for fraud.
The Shelter rolled out the policy in response to the myriad gun killings around the country, including an incident near us in 2018 in which a gunman shot and killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Sill wrote that the shooter originally came to their store for “community service hours”, which they believed was actually a reconnaissance mission to see if it was a suitable site for the shooting.
The policy comes amid a national upheaval following last month’s massacre in Texas, in which an 18-year-old gunman, Salvador Ramos, shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Sill summed up the problem like this: “We live in the only country in the world that continues to support guns, not communities. Shelter Hope Pet Shop will in no way continue to operate if we are part of the problem, even remotely.