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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Media Contacts: Steve Lyle (CDFA), 916-654-0462 ,

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #22-165
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SACRAMENTO, November 16, 2022 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is accepting proposals for the 2023 Pet Lover's License Plate Program and applications for the programís Technical Review Committee.
The Pet Loverís Program provides up to $488,000 in funding through fees associated with Pet Lover's license plates from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Funding is available on a competitive basis to veterinary facilities that are registered and in good standing with the Veterinary Medical Board, are overseen by a responsible manager licensed and in good standing with the Veterinary Medical Board, and are operated by one of the following: a California city or county; city and county; an animal care or control agency; or a nonprofit meeting the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code. Please review the 2023 Request for Grant Applications for detailed application instructions.
All applicants are required to complete and submit the 2023 Pet Loverís grant proposal application online using the AmpliFund System by Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. PT (
CDFA will conduct a webinar on Wednesday November 30, 2022, featuring an overview of the program, a review of grant application questions, and a demonstration of the AmpliFund application system. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the programís website for full details (
Contact CDFAís Office of Grants Administration at (916) 657-3231 or for additional information.
Additionally, CDFA is welcoming applicants with knowledge and expertise in California's veterinary, animal rescue/shelter, and animal services industries to serve on the 2023 Pet Loverís Technical Review Committee. This committee reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to CDFA on proposals submitted for funding to Pet Loverís.
All individuals interested in serving on the committee must submit a completed application, a Conflict of Interest form, and a copy of their rťsumť or curriculum vitae to before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Technical Review Committee members will be required to complete a statement of economic interest (Form 700), and complete Ethics and Sexual Harassment Prevention trainings.
For further information and grant application materials, please visit:

You can help support the Pet Lover's License Plate Program by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online today. A purchase of a Pet Lover's License Plate helps stop pet overpopulation in California by providing funds for spay/neuter services to municipalities and non-profit organizations in California. The revenue received from the sale and renewal of the license plate is awarded annually through grant agreements to eligible organizations.


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