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Illinois: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research Unanimously Passes Assembly and Awaits Governor's Signature

Illinois: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research Unanimously Passes Assembly and Awaits Governor's Signature

Name: Research Animal Retirement Act

Bill Number: SB 1884

Healthy cats and dogs deserve the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes instead of being euthanized after being used for research, testing or education purposes. This bill—which received unanimous support in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly—would require a higher education research facility that receives public money to make a reasonable effort to adopt out healthy cats and dogs no longer needed for research. The bill has been sent to Gov. Rauner’s desk, where it awaits his signature.

This long overdue legislation will not only save animals’ lives, but will also not cost the state any additional money to implement. 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 that you sign SB 1884, a bill that would make healthy dogs and cats available for adoption once they are no longer needed by a higher education research facility.

This bill, which received unanimous support in both the House and Senate, 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 chance to have lives after research, requiring only an adjustment to existing adoption policies that provide limited opportunities for adoption.

Please give your support to this common-sense bill that would cost Illinois taxpayers nothing, while giving dogs and cats a chance at finding loving homes.

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