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Delaware: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research Bill Passes Senate; Needs Support for 2018

Delaware: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research Bill Passes Senate; Needs Support for 2018

Name: Research Animal Retirement Act

Bill Number: SB 101

This bill passed the Senate on June 28, 2017 and was sent to the House for consideration. It 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.

Research facilities that receive public funding would be required to create a process for adoption with animal shelters or rescue organizations, or to arrange for private placement of dogs and cats, once the research institution has determined that the animals are no longer needed for research and that they are healthy for purposes of adoption. An amendment also allows a research institution to establish their own program to adopt out health dogs and cats.

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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 to move forward 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.

SB 101 would allow cats and dogs used for research to have a chance to find loving homes. This legislation requires research institutions 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.

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

The Senate has approved this bill by an overwhelming majority. I hope that you will also give your support to move this legislation forward in 2018 in order to give healthy cats and dogs a chance for lives after the laboratory.

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