Skip to content

Michigan: Adoption of Retired Research Dogs and Cats

Michigan: Adoption of Retired Research Dogs and Cats

Name: Adoption of Dogs and Cats Used for Science or Research Purposes

Bill Number: HB 4496

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 institution of higher education or any 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 so that the animal may be made available for adoption.    

11 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 Michigan be the next state to pass this humane legislation to help animals used in research.


Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to support this important legislation.
  2. Spread the word! Share this page with your social network.



  • Your State Representative or Representatives


*Required fields

If you take action and have not already registered, you will receive periodic updates and communications from National Anti-Vivisection Society.


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 4496, which would require research facilities to make healthy dogs and cats no longer needed for research or science available for adoption by an animal rescue organization. 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 institution of higher education or any facility--whether privately or publicly owned, leased, or operated--where laboratory research is performed. This legislation would not require an animal rescue organization to accept an unadoptable dog or cat, and it would provide immunity from civil liability to any facility whose animals are accepted to be placed for adoption.

Most importantly, this bill would give each animal the opportunity to be considered for adoption into the loving homes they deserve.

Please give your support to legislation to give dogs and cats a chance for lives after the laboratory.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]