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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, H 758 and H 764

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. The New Jersey bills, which passed the Senate last session, 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, Rhode Island—and now Washington—have passed similar bills. The time is ripe to push for passage of this measure in Massachusetts as well.  

Please ask your state legislators to conduct hearings and allow these bills to move forward.


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Please give dogs and cats once used for research a chance to live in loving homes.

Dear [Decision Maker],

am asking for your support for legislation that 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. While the various versions of the bills differ, they all seek to change the current way of treating dogs and cats used for research to allow individual animals to have a chance at life as a companion animal instead of being regarded as expendable at the end of the research.

The Senate passed an identical bill last year, with unanimous approval (as S2387). However, the bills currently under consideration by the Senate, S 534 and the House, H 758 and H 764, have not yet been scheduled for hearings. Please ask that these bills be heard.

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.

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