Imagine finding a unicorn and not being able to keep it because of a technicality. That was the worry of a little girl named Madeline. She hopes to one day find the mythical creature, and keep it as a pet. She even got the idea to do things officially. She sent a letter to Los Angeles Animal Care to petition to have a unicorn live in her backyard.
“Dear LA County I would like your approval if I can have a unicorn in my backyard if I can find one. Please send me a letter in response.” – Madeline
Animal Care sent her an official unicorn license, stating she CAN keep it in her backyard, if she can find one. This is a first-of-its-kind permit, and one other kids are probably going to want. Heck, I want one. The license doesn’t come without stipulations though.
The unicorn must be provided with ample exposure to sunlight, moonbeams, and rainbows. It must have its horn polished at least once a month with a soft cloth. It must be fed watermelon at least once a week. And, if any glitter or sparkles are applied to its coat, they must be biodegradable and non-toxic. Seems like pretty simple instructions for caring for a unicorn.
The director of the county Department of Animal Care and Control Marcia Mayeda sent Madeline a heart-shaped rose colored metal tag with “Permanent Unicorn License” imprinted on it. That was sent along with a white fuzzy unicorn plush with pink ears, purple hooves and a pretty silver horn.
Mayeda commended the girl for her “sense of responsible pet ownership to seek permission in advance,” and for thoughtfully considering “the requirements of providing a loving home to animals.” Mayeda also told reporters this letter came as a welcome change to what they deal with nearly everyday at the animal control department. Some pet owners are not kind nor considerate to their pets. The fact that Madeline and her mother took the time to research this and send it their way gave her hope for the future of pet owners.
“She put a lot of thought into this,” Mayeda said. “She was doing the right thing by contacting the licensing agency to make sure that it would be okay for her to have a unicorn. And we wanted to definitely respond and encourage that sort of behavior.”