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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, which was sponsored by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, 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.

This bill substitutes for several other bills under consideration by the Massachusetts legislature. It is now before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Since the introduction of this bill, Maryland and Delaware have passed similar bills. The time is ripe to push for passage of this measure in Massachusetts as well.  

Learn more about Research Cat and Dog Adoption Legislation

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Please give dogs and cats once used for research a chance to live in loving homes

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 being used 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. Eight states have already passed this legislation, including Maryland and Delaware this year.

Please give your support to legislation in Massachusetts to allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes. Ask that the Senate Committee on Ways and Means conduct a hearing to move the legislation forward this session.

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