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Texas: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research

Texas: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research

Name: Adoption of Retired Research Animals

Bill Number: HB 2490/SB 1930

A research cat and dog adoption bill would require research institutions to first offer cats and dogs used in research to an animal rescue organization for adoption instead of euthanizing any healthy animal. Healthy cats and dogs deserve to have an opportunity to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research, testing or education purposes. The assistance of local animal rescue organizations or shelters could be enlisted to find these animals the homes they deserve.

These bills would allow research facilities to work with an animal shelter or rescue organization, or to place an animal through a private arrangement, once the research institution has determined that a cat or dog does not have a substantial medical condition that prevents the animal from successfully integrating into an adoptive home.

 

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Please give cats and dogs in research a chance to live in a loving home

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of legislation to require research institutions to make dogs and cats available for adoption, either through an animal rescue organization or through private adoption, instead of euthanizing them when they are no longer needed by the facility. Too often, animals used in research are regarded as disposable commodities to be discarded when the research or education project is done.

HB 2490 and SB 1930 would allow cats and dogs used for research to have a chance to find loving homes. This legislation allows the research institution to determine whether an individual cat or dog is in good enough medical condition to allow them to be successfully integrated into an adoptive home.

These bills would incur no expense for the government, would give facilities the discretion to determine which animals are suitable for adoption, and would pave an easy path from the laboratory to a private home through agreements with reputable animal rescue organizations. They would also protect the research institutions from any civil liability associated with the adoptions.

Please give your support to legislation to give healthy cats and dogs a chance for lives after the laboratory.

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