Skip to content

Maryland: Ask Senate Committee to Vote in Favor of Making Research Animals Adoptable

Maryland: Ask Senate Committee to Vote in Favor of Making Research Animals Adoptable

Name: Urgent Senate committee meeting Februrary 14 to make research animals adoptable

Bill Name: SB 420

Healthy cats and dogs deserve to have the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research, testing or education purposes, instead of being euthanized. This bill would require a research facility that uses cats and dogs for scientific research to take steps to provide for the adoption of the dog or cat that is no longer needed for that purpose. A research facility can enter into an agreement with an animal rescue organization to arrange for an adoption.

The Senate bill is scheduled for a hearing on February 14 and a vote of support is essential to move this bill forward.

Learn more about Research Cat and Dog Adoption Legislation


Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and ask them to unanimously support this live-saving legislation.
  2. Spread the word! Share this page with your social network.



  • Gail Bates
  • Joan Carter Conway
  • Cheryl Kagan
  • Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
  • Paul Pinksy
  • Barbara Robinson
  • Johnny Ray Salling
  • Bryan Simonaire
  • Steve Waugh
  • Ronald Young
  • Craig Zucker


*Required fields

If you take action and have not already registered, you will receive periodic updates and communications from National Anti-Vivisection Society.


Please give cats and dogs no longer needed for research a chance to live in a loving home

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of legislation to make healthy dogs and cats available for adoption once they are no longer needed by a research facility.

SB420 would require research facilities in Maryland to take reasonable steps to provide for the adoption of their dogs and cats through an animal rescue organization before considering euthanasia. Research facilities would also be required to report to the Secretary of Agriculture the actions they are taking in adopting out these animals.

Too often animals used in research are regarded as disposable commodities to be discarded when the research or education project is done and are euthanized instead of having a chance to live out their normal lives.

The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has also pledged financial assistance to help facilitate the transfer of adoptable animals to local adoption centers and to support necessary veterinary care. Please give your support to legislation to allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]