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Virginia: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research

Virginia: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research 

Name: Adoption of Dogs and Cats from Animal Testing Facilities

Bill Number: HB 2590

Healthy dogs and cats in Virginia deserve the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes instead of being routinely euthanized after being used for scientific, medical or educational research.

This bill would require animal testing facilities to first offer dogs and cats for adoption after they are retired, provided they do not pose a health or safety risk to the public. Facilities may work with an animal shelter or animal rescue organization to find placement for these animals, ensuring they will have the best chance of finding a home. They can also arrange to adopt animals through private placement.

Since 2014, laws have been adopted in nine states (CA, CT, DE, IL, MD, MN, NV, NY and RI) and several other states have already introduced similar legislation this year.

Virginia has been enacting many progressive laws to help animals in research. Please help ensure that this is the next bill to help laboratory animal achieve a better life after research.


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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 of 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.

HB 2590 would allow the research institution to determine whether an individual cat or dog poses a health or safety risk to the public before offering them for adoption.

Furthermore, this legislation would incur no expense for the government, would give facilities the discretion to determine which animals are suitable for adoption, and would pave an easy path from the laboratory to a private home through agreements with reputable animal rescue organizations.

Please give your support to legislation to give healthy cats and dogs a chance to spend their lives in their forever homes.

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