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License To Sparkle: Girl Gets Permission To Own A Unicorn — If She Can Find One!

LA Animal control issues unicorn license to little girl

There’s a right way to do things, and a wrong way.

A Los Angeles, California first grader named Madeline clearly does things the right way. When she asked her parents if she could keep a unicorn in her backyard, they must have mentioned needing a special license from animal control to legally own such a unique and magical creature. Madeline knew just what she needed to do!

The little girl wrote a letter to the Los Angeles County Animal Control Department.

“Dear LA County,” she wrote. “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.”

On Facebook, animal control staff members shared the adorable letter and said it “brought us so much JOY.”

Director Marcia Mayeda not only decided to grant Madeline’s request for a unicorn license, but she also sent her a return letter thanking the child for her “sense of responsible pet ownership” and her initiative “to seek permission in advance.”

Naturally, there were some guidelines and conditions for owning a unicorn, assuming Madeline finds one some day.

Marcia’s letter specified that the unicorn must be “given regular access to sunlight, moonbeams, and rainbows,” for instance. Madeline must also promise to feed the unicorn watermelon at least once a week, polish the unicorn’s horn with a soft cloth, and use only nontoxic and biodegradable sparkles or glitter on the unicorn.

The animal control department hopes that sharing Madeline’s letter and their response will encourage responsible pet ownership in their community.

“It is always rewarding to hear from young people who thoughtfully consider the requirements of providing a loving home to animals,” the animal control department wrote on Facebook. “We commend Madeline’s sense of responsible pet ownership to seek permission in advance to keep a unicorn in Los Angeles County. As a result, we issued her a preapproved unicorn license. Also, in the meantime, because they are indeed very rare to find, we will be providing her the unicorn pictured below as she continues her search.”

As promised, they included a fuzzy unicorn toy adorned with a heart-shaped, metal “Permanent Unicorn License” tag and an official license certificate.

Madeline’s responsible request was handled perfectly by this agency, and everybody comes out a winner. We love everything about this story!

Don’t forget to share it with others, and to always encourage responsible unicorn ownership.

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