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Florida: Adoption of Retired Research Dogs and Cats Proposed

Florida: Adoption of Retired Research Dogs and Cats Proposed

Name: Adoption of Research Animals

Bill Number: HB 181

Healthy animals deserve to have an opportunity to be adopted into loving homes after being used for research, testing, science or educational purposes. This bill would require any research facility facility—whether privately or publicly owned, leased, or operated—where laboratory research is performed, to offer any adoptable dog or cat that would otherwise be euthanized to an animal rescue organization, animal shelter or an individual by arrangement with the facility. 

The research facility must enter into a written agreement with the rescue organization or animal shelter before transferring any animals to them. The research facility offering an animal in good faith would be exempt from civil liability for harm caused by the animal after it leaves their care. However, the research facility must determine that an animal does not have a substantial medical condition or behavioral problems before they offer them for adoption. 

Eleven states (CA, CT, DE, IL, MD, MN, NV, NY, OR, RI and WA) have already enacted similar laws and several more state legislatures are currently considering the passage of related bills this year. Please help Florida be the next state to pass this humane legislation to help animals used in research.


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

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for HB 181, which would require research facilities to make healthy dogs and cats no longer needed for research, testing or education available for adoption by an animal rescue organization, animal shelter or to an individual. Too often, animals used in research are routinely euthanized when the research or education project is done, even though they may be otherwise healthy and could be welcomed into a loving home.

This bill would apply to any research facility--whether privately or publicly owned, leased, or operated--where laboratory research, testing or education is performed. This legislation would require the research facility to enter into an agreement with an animal rescue organization or shelter before offering them a dog or cat for placement. They would be granted immunity from civil liability for damage cause by any animal once they leave the facility, so long as the facility deals in good faith.

Laws have already been enacted in 11 states to give animals a second chance after the laboratory. Please give your support to dogs and cats, allowing them the opportunity to be considered for adoption into the loving homes they deserve.

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