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Dr. Annie and Animal Wellness Centers Join HSUS and ASPCA in Support of California Animal Protection Laws

Dr. Annie Lobbies Lawmakers in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Annie Harvilicz (Dr. Annie) and Chantelle Moffatt-Blue, AWC Manager and adoption medical coordinator for Kitten Rescue, traveled to Sacramento today to meet with state legislators on behalf of Animal Wellness Centers to support several animal protection laws and issues. The effort was coordinated by AWC friends The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

Dr. Annie, the firm’s Chief Medical Officer, stated: “On behalf of Animal Wellness Centers, I am urging the California legislature to support bills enacting bans on the shark fin trade and the roadside sale of animals, creating stronger penalties for animal fighting and requiring judges to limit the ability of convicted abusers to own animals.”


Among the bills that animal advocates will be urging lawmakers to support are:

  • AB 376, authored by Assemblymembers Paul Fong, D-Cupertino and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael. Prohibits the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.
  • SB 425, authored by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. Establishes minimum fines for animal fighting and adds cockfighting to the profiteering statute.
  • SB 917, authored by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Prohibits the roadside sale of animals and increases animal neglect criminal penalties
  • AB 1117, authored by Assemblymember Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita. Would clarify animal seizure process and require judges to prohibit ownership of animals by those convicted of animal cruelty for a period of time.


Animal Wellness Centers is a fast‐growing companion‐animal healthcare firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Its core business is veterinary services with a focus on comprehensive animal wellness designed to strengthen the human‐animal bond. It is the exclusive retailer of Dr. Annie’s brand products. Its flagship Center in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood is the world’s first non‐anthropomorphic companion‐animal center offering full array of pet products, an education center, preventative care clinics and a social networking arena.

Annie Harvilicz, DVM, CVA (“Dr. Annie”) is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of AWC. She brings experience at leading centers for animal care throughout the world including extensive work on endangered species such as giant pandas, black rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Precinct television program during her tenure at the ASPCA’s Animal Hospital in New York City. Her private practice has spanned across the country with high‐profile clientele from New York to Los Angeles. She completed her DVM degree at the Virginia‐Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as President of the school’s chapter of the AVMA. She is also the recipient of various awards and distinctions including, among others, the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for special compassion for lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs. She is licensed to practice in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland and is certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half‐century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands‐on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty.


Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501[c][3] not‐for‐profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti‐cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit.