Little girl wrote letter to Animal Care asking for permission to keep a unicorn in her yard

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A six-year-old girl wanted to keep a unicorn in her yard at her Los Angeles home and wrote to the local animal control asking for permission and the proper license to keep her pet. Young Madeline addressed the mail to the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control with a simple letter expressing her request.

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.


The letter caught the attention of Director Marcia Mayeda who wrote back giving the youngster the good news and allowing her permission to adopt a unicorn, but with special conditions. There would be certain requirements that would need to be met before being granted the license.

  1. Polishing the unicorn’s horn at least once a month with a soft cloth
  2. Feeding it watermelon at least once a week (favorite treat)
  3. Covering it with only nontoxic and biodegradable sparkles
  4. Giving it “regular access to sunlight, moonbeams and rainbows”

Having confidence that Madeline would adhere to the strict list of “dos” for her unicorn, Marcia sent her a “preapproved unicorn license” in the form of a certificate printed on pink paper along with a heart shaped identification tag which said “permanent unicorn license.”

Along with the license, Marcia included a soft unicorn stuffie wearing the tag which was sent to keep Madeline company as she searched for the elusive unicorn to bring home.

It is always rewarding to hear from young people who thoughtfully consider the requirements of providing a loving home to animals. I commend your sense of responsible pet ownership to seek permission in advance to keep a unicorn in Los Angeles County

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According to NPR, Madeline’s mom didn’t want to discourage her daughter when she asked for a unicorn, and instead suggested she write to the proper department and ask for permission. The little girl immediately agreed, and one hour later handed her mom the letter and asked for help mailing it.

Her mom has since received the response and is saving the license and the stuffed toy as a special birthday present for her daughter later this month. There is also a visit to the animal care center planned to “discuss her unicorn license application.”

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