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Texas: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research

Texas: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used in Research

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 states (CA, 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 to pass.

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.

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