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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 587

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 587, which unanimously passed the Senate in 2018 (as S2387), 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.

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

Please ask the Senate to pass this bill again, giving their colleagues in the House the opportunity to consider (and pass this legislation) in 2019.

 

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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 587, 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 was passed by the Senate last year with unanimous approval (as S2387). However, the House did not review the bill before the session was over.

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. Please give your support to moving this legislation forward in Massachusetts, and allow these animals a chance at finding loving homes.

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