Name: Adoption of Certain Retired Research Animals
Bill Number: SB 121 and HB 146
Healthy dogs and cats in Texas 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 research facilities to
first offer dogs and cats for adoption after they are retired, provided they do
not have a substantial medical condition that would prevent them from going to
an adoptive home. 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.
Since 2014, laws have been adopted in nine
CT, DE, IL, MD, MN, NV, NY and RI) and several other states have already introduced similar
legislation this year. In 2017, legislation was introduced in Texas but failed
With the introduction of bills in both the
House and Senate, this can be the year that Texas embraces a better life for
animals after research.
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Please give cats and dogs used for 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. SB 121/HB 146 would allow the research institution to determine whether an individual cat or dog is healthy enough to allow them to be successfully integrated into an adoptive home. 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. It would also protect the research institutions from any civil liability associated with the adoptions.Please give your support to legislation to give healthy cats and dogs a chance to spend their lives in forever homes.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]