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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 2624

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation on July 26 to allow healthy dogs and cats to be adopted into loving homes instead of being euthanized after being used for scientific, medical or educational research. The final bill, Senate Bill 2624, was substituted for S 2387, which was sponsored by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and 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 was sent to the House Ways and Means Committee. Unfortunately, the Massachusetts Legislature is out of session on July 31, and the Ways and Committee meeting will not meet before that time. Even if the House decides to bypass the committee, which already heard similar bills, it is uncertain that the House will act on it so quickly. 

Please consider CALLING your state Representative and asking them to vote on this bill.

Even if this bill fails to pass so late in the session, let your legislators know that you would like them to support the adoption of dogs and cats in research during the next session, in 2019.

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 asking for your support for S 2624 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. I am asking that the committee conduct hearings and that you support passage of this bill. The Senate gave its overwhelming approval to this measure and we hope you will as well.

S 2624 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. Nine states have already passed this legislation, including Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island this legislative session.

Please help pass this legislation forward in Massachusetts, and to allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes.

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