Name: Research Animal Retirement Act
Bill Number: SB 1884
Healthy cats and dogs deserve to have the
opportunity to be adopted into loving homes instead of being euthanized after
being used for research, testing or education purposes. This bill would require
a higher education research facility that receives public money to make a
reasonable effort to offer cats and dogs no longer needed for research for
adoption if the research facility’s veterinary staff determines that the animal
is healthy. The research facility may place an animal through private placement
or through an animal adoption organization. Research facilities must also make their
adoption policy available on their website.
This bill received unanimous support in the
Senate and has been sent to the House for its approval. Please share this
action with your friends and family in order to help ensure that the House also
gives its full support to its passage this year.
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Please give cats and dogs no longer needed for research a chance to live in loving homes
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 higher education research facility. SB 1884 would require publicly-funded higher education research facilities to make reasonable efforts to make their research dogs and cats available for adoption, either through private placement or through an animal adoption organization before considering euthanasia. The research facility's own veterinary staff would make the determination if the animal is suitable for adoption and they can then work with a local humane society, animal rescue or shelter to find a good home. 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. This legislation would give these animals a better chance to have lives after research, requiring an expansion to existing adoption policies that provide limited opportunities for adoption.The Senate has given unanimous support to this bill. Please join them in giving your support to legislation to allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]