Maryland Residents: Act to Support Shelter Oversight

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Maryland can do more to ensure the well-being of animals in its shelters.The Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee is considering a bill, HB 626, which would give the Department of Agriculture the authority to enforce basic humane standards of care in public shelters. Let your legislators know that this bill has your support today.

Maryland residents! Show your support for shelter animals. Ask your legislators to pass the bill that enforces humane standards of care in shelters.


  • Your State Representative or Representatives


Please Support HB 626

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Maryland, I ask that you support HB 626. If passed, this bill would contribute to the well-being of shelter animals by requiring that shelters meet certain standards of care enforced by the Department of Agriculture. Some shelters in our state fall short of the most basic standards of humane care.

HB 626 would require shelters that are county-operated, county-owned, or receiving state funds for spay and neuter to follow established protocols for veterinary care (consistent with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians' guidelines) and for owners to reclaim lost animals. A 2016 law required that these shelters establish such procedures, but didn't provide a method to ensure shelters are following them. HB 626 would rectify this gap in oversight by giving the Department of Agriculture authority to enforce required protocols through inspections.

Help Maryland become a state we can be proud of when it comes to how we treat animals in our shelters.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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