Living the Dream: A Unicorn License

We love it when a little heartwarming news comes across our desks, and Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control granting a unicorn license is just that!

Although this isn’t exactly new news, it recently popped up on our radar. For the first time ever, Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control has granted a unicorn license. Young Madeline wrote:

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

LA County Animal Care & Control rose to the occasion. Not only did they send a letter in response to Madeline’s request, but also they approved it and issued her a license. Of course, there were conditions. Director Marcia Mayeda wrote back

Dear Miss _____,

Thank you very much for your letter requesting permission to have a unicorn in your backyard. I am pleased to tell you that the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control does license unicorns under the following conditions:

1. The unicorn must be cared for in compliance with all animal caretaking regulations set forth in Los Angeles County Code Title 10.
2. The unicorn is given regular access to sunlight, moonbeams and rainbows.
3. The unicorn is fed one of its favorite treats — watermelon — at least once each week.
4. The unicorn’s horn must be maintained in good health. This requires polishing at least once a month with a soft cloth.
5. Any sparkles or glitter used on the unicorn must be nontoxic and biodegradable to ensure the unicorn’s good health. 

The letter went on to commend Madeline on being considerate of the requirements for caring for and loving an animal. They also enclosed a unicorn — perhaps a plush one? — because unicorns “are indeed very rare to find.”

We won’t lie. This is one of those stories that warms our hearts. From the earnestness of the initial letter writer to the thoughtful response of Animal Care and Control, this is the news we need.

Happy Friday, Horse Nation. We hope you find your unicorn! Go riding!