Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns a cat when everyone is feeding it?

The Long Beach Municipal Code defines it in the following manner:

6.04.025 - Person responsible—Defined.
Whenever in this Title 6 of the Long Beach Municipal Code, the words "person responsible" are used, they shall mean any person owning, having a proprietary interest in harboring or having the care, charge, control, custody or possession of an animal.

It is no longer acceptable for cats to be considered items to be simply discarded with the assumption that "someone else will take care of it".  Cats have value and anyone feeding (having the care) of a cat can be considered the Person Responsible.  A Person Responsible will need to ensure cats are altered (pursuant to LBMC 6.16.085), vaccinated, and licensed.

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