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Massachusetts: Adoption of Dogs and Cats in Research

Massachusetts: Adoption of Dogs and Cats in Research

Name: Adoption of Retired Research Dogs and Cats

Bill Number: S 2387

Healthy dogs and cats in Massachusetts deserve the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes instead of being euthanized after being used for scientific, medical or educational research. S 2387 would require research institutions and product testing facilities to offer dogs and cats used in research to an animal shelter or rescue organization for adoption if the animal is deemed appropriate for adoption.

A similar bill introduced in the House, H 3232, contains an additional provision that would limit the amount of time any dog or cat can be used for research or testing to not more than two years. This revised language offers a compromise position more acceptable to opponents of the bill.

Learn more about Research Cat and Dog Adoption Legislation

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

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask for your support of S 2387, which would require research institutions and product testing facilities to offer dogs and cats no longer needed for medical, scientific or educational research to an animal shelter or animal rescue organization for adoption instead of euthanizing them.

This bill would allow a facility to make the determination of whether an individual dog or cat is suitable for adoption. It would also hold the facility free from liability for any damages due to the adoption of the animal by a third party.

Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when the research or educational project is done, even though they may be otherwise healthy.

Please give your support to legislation in our state to allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes.

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