They’re supposed to be “man’s best friend,” but dogs are still consistently used in painful experiments and tests—often because of their easy bond with humans. It’s one of the most heartbreaking examples of the cruel way animals are exploited in the name of science. Join NAVS in standing up for dogs being used in research now, and in keeping dogs out of the cages in the future:

Help end the use of dogs in testing and experimentation by funding innovative, alternative research. 

By making your donation to NAVS today, you can help fund projects by early-career scientists who are discovering new ways to conduct research that would help end the use of dogs, as well as other animals.

Support Humane Science »

Take action on federal legislation that could impact the lives of dogs in research, from bills that would ban painful experiments on dogs to bills that would change the welfare standards or sourcing of dogs in research. 

    • The Pet Safety and Protection Act would help put an end to the profitable business of “Class B” animal dealers, who are notorious for selling strays, animals stolen from backyards, and dogs obtained through “free to a good home” offers to research and animal testing facilities. 


    • The PUPPERS Act would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs.


    • The Puppy Protection Act of 2017 would amend the Animal Welfare Act to provide for the humane treatment of dogs kept in an animal dealer’s facility. Note: this bill is still active through the end of 2018 due to the length of the congressional session.


Support state legislation that would save dogs used in research from euthanasia.

The move to support the adoption of dogs who are no longer used in research is seeing great progress in states around the country. Visit our Research Dog and Cat Adoption Legislation page to find out if your state already has a law in place or under consideration by your state’s legislature. You can also send a letter to your legislator asking them to introduce and support a similar bill if no legislation is currently under consideration and your state does not have a law. 

See where your state stands »

This entry was posted in News and tagged on July 12, 2018.
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