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Dogs and Cats No Longer Used for Research May Have a Chance for a Loving Home

NAVS’ efforts lead to Illinois being 6th state to introduce legislation to require adoption instead of euthanasia

In 2014, Minnesota passed a law that will require publicly-funded institutions of higher learning to adopt out their dogs and cats used for research and education instead of routinely euthanizing them when they are no longer needed. While this measure will not end the use of these animals for research, it does reflect a new trend recognizing that animals deserve to enjoy a good life after their time spent in a laboratory. Four other states introduced similar legislation in 2014, and now New York has reintroduced a similar measure for consideration in its 2015-16 session. We hope that many other states will introduced—and pass—this measure in 2015—and your help is needed, as always.

If you live in a state that has legislation pending, please contact your legislator and encourage them to support this legislation.

If you live in a state that does not yet have this legislation, please consider downloading a model bill from the Animal Law Resource Center and sending it to your state legislator for consideration.


California, AB 147 
Would require public and independent post-secondary educational institutions to offer healthy dogs and cats no longer being used for research to an animal adoption organization instead of euthanizing them.
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Connecticut, HB 5707  
Would require state and private colleges and universities that use cats or dogs in laboratory research or testing to offer such cats or dogs for adoption by animal rescue organizations after such testing and to establish standards for the provision of proper shelter to dogs. This bill will move forward instead of a similar bill, HB 6291

Update: A public hearing is scheduled on March 20 in the Environment Committee. Connecticut residents can to submit testimony for the record in support of the bill to envtestimony@cga.ct.gov
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Illinois, SB 1364 
Would require institutions of higher education that receive public funds for scientific, educational or research purposes to make dogs and cats available for adoption through an animal rescue organization before considering euthanasia.
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Maryland, HB 567 
Would make it a criminal offense for any higher education, scientific or medical research facility that conducts investigation, experimentation, instruction or testing using dogs or cats to euthanize such dog or cat without first offering the animal to an animal rescue organization.
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Nevada
, SB 261 Would require healthy dogs and cats at research facilities or product testing facilities to be offered for placement with non-profit animal rescue and shelter organizations prior to euthanizing the animal. Would also limit the length of time that a research facility or product testing facility can conduct research on a cat or dog to two years. 
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New Jersey, S 2344 and A 4298
Would require institutions of higher education to offer a cat or dog used in research to an animal rescue organization for adoption prior to euthanizing the animal.
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New York
, SB 98 and A3622 Would require educational institutions of higher learning that conduct research to offer healthy dogs and cats that are no longer being used for research to an animal adoption organization instead of euthanizing the animals. The bill would apply to educational institutions of higher learning and research done in collaboration with these institutions. A facility that is required to offer dogs and cats to a non-profit animal rescue and shelter organization may enter into an agreement with such a group to implement this section. 
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