Federal Bill Promotes Post-Research Dog and Cat Adoption

Federal Legislation

Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when a research or educational project is done, even though they may be otherwise suitable for adoption. The Humane Retirement Act, HR 2850, has been introduced to give adoptable cats and dogs used for federally-funded research the opportunity to be welcomed into loving homes.

This bill would require animal care committees that oversee biomedical and behavioral research at facilities funded by Public Health Service agencies to make reasonable efforts to offer a dog or cat for adoption after the completion of any testing or research involving that animal.

Ten states have already enacted similar laws regarding the adoption of animals used in state-funded or private research facilities. The time is ripe to push for passage of this measure for animals used in federally-funded research as well.

Passage of this legislation would give dogs and cats once used in research the opportunity to be considered for adoption into the loving homes they deserve.

Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to support the Humane Retirement Act.


State Update

In Oregon, SB 638 would require all publicly- and privately-funded research facilities in the state to offer dogs and cats for adoption after they are retired, provided they do not pose health or safety risks. This bill passed the Senate in March and has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee. It is scheduled for a second and third reading before the full House on May 23 and May 24—today and tomorrow—so if you live in Oregon, please contact your Representative TODAY in support of this bill.

Oregon residents, please ask your state Representative to vote “yes” on this legislation.


Want to do more? Visit the NAVS Advocacy Center to TAKE ACTION on behalf of animals in your state and around the country. And please make a donation today to support the advancement of humane legislation across the U.S. 

This entry was posted in News on May 23, 2019.
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