• Virginians support humane methods for managing cats
    Despite strong support from the Virginia Senate, a sub-committee in the House of Delegates voted to table Senate Bill 1390, which — if passed — would have clarified that trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs are legal throughout the state, helping facilitate lifesaving practices for Virginia's community cats. Let's show the Virginia House of Delegates that our communities care about enacting lifesaving legislation for Virginia's cats. With enough signatures, we can ensure stronger support for this important legislation next time around. Please sign and share this petition today.
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  • Tell insurance companies to stop discriminating against dog breeds
    Breed labels are often applied without actual knowledge of a dog’s specific breed. The science shows that breed is not a factor in bites. The focus should be on the behavior of the dog and the behavior of the owner. Breed restrictions prevent responsible dog owners from acquiring adequate homeowners/renters insurance or require them to give up their dogs before moving into state-subsidized housing. Plus, breed restrictions prevent well-mannered dogs from being adopted and infringe on a family’s right to choose the best dog for them. And breed lists can also have an impact on people of color, which calls into question whether insurance consumers are treated fairly and equitably. And the research backs this up: * Researchers at Tufts University concluded that factors associated with actions of the owner – like the absence of an able-bodied person to intervene – are the primary cause of dog bite-related fatalities while the breed is not a factor. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299544 * A recent study asked 16 animal shelter workers to guess the breed of 120 dogs. While the shelter staff collectively identified 52% of the dogs as pit bull-type dogs, DNA tests proved that only 21% had any pit bull mix in them. Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S109002331500310X * A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior compared aggression between banned dog breeds and a control group of golden retrievers using temperament tests. Comparing the results of golden retrievers and breeds affected by breed discriminatory legislation, no significant difference was found. The researchers concluded that “A scientific basis for breed-specific lists does not exist.” Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S155878780700264X
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  • Apoye programas de gatos comunitarios en Riverside
    ¿Porque esto es importante? Los gatos de la comunidad (también conocidos como gatos callejeros o ambulantes) corren el riesgo de perder la vida simplemente porque han establecido un hogar en su comunidad. En muchos casos, son llevados a refugios locales, donde es poco probable que los adopten porque muchos de ellos no están socializados con la gente. Muchos de estos gatos están prosperando viviendo dentro su cominidad porque alguien en su comunidad los cuida. Ahí es donde entran los programas comunitarios para gatos. Estos programas usan Capturar, Esterilizar y Soltar (CES) para salvar gatos. El proceso es simple: los gatos de la comunidad son atrapados, evaluados por veterinarios, vacunados, esterilizados o castrados. Se les cortan un poco de la puntita de una oreja para identificarlos como esterilizados y devueltos a sus comunidades, sin poder tener gatitos. Hace tres años, en asociación con Best Friends, el Departamento de Servicios para Animales del Condado de Riverside adoptó este enfoque al dar la bienvenida a un programa comunitario para gatos en su ubicación de Coachella Valley Animal Campus. A principios de 2020, se esterilizaron y castraron hasta 10,000 gatos elegibles a través del programa. El trabajo continúa hoy a menor escala debido a las limitaciones físicas y financieras provocadas por la pandemia, dejando a muchos miembros de la comunidad y gatos sin este recurso necesario. Puede ayudar a salvar las vidas de los gatos de la comunidad y apoyar a las personas que los cuidan, abogando por programas comunitarios de gatos y otros esfuerzos para salvar vidas que se implementarán en todo el condado de Riverside. ¡Gracias por apoyar a los gatos comunitarios en su vecindario y por todo lo que hacen por los animales!
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  • Saving Innocent Cats in Utah County
    In order to create compassionate no-kill communities and achieve no-kill for cats nationwide, we need communities to support lifesaving programs like Trap-Neuter-Return [TNR]. The process is simple: cats are caught (often by volunteers), evaluated by veterinarians, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and returned to their original outdoor homes, unable to have kittens. These programs are also proven to be the most cost-effective, veterinarian-approved, and animal-friendly solution for controlling and reducing free-roaming cat populations.
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  • Street Cats Need our Help
    In 2016 I found the West Orange TNVR Program. It took a year and a half to get this approved and an ordinance allowing us to TNVR in West Orange, NJ. Unfortunately, surrounding towns do not do any TNR and it is sad how the population is growing and how these animals are suffering. This can be address with support from our legislatures. West Orange TNVR receives no financial support from the township. We depend strictly on donations and fundraisers. We are all volunteers and home based. To date we have spay/neutered 1086 street cats and adopted 623 kittens and adult cats. We have had inoculation, amputations, wounds and many URI We do all we can to save a life.
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  • End Dog Breed Bans in Kentucky
    We all want safe and humane communities for people and pets. But some government officials in Kentucky wrongly believe that certain breeds of pet dogs are automatically dangerous. This leads to arbitrary and inconsistent decisions where a pet dog can be legal in one city but illegal in the next town. Discriminating against certain dogs based on their alleged breed is an outdated, ineffective approach to public safety. It wastes our money because it’s expensive to enforce and violates our rights as dog owners. It can also lead to families having to give up beloved pets that end up at our animal shelters and risk being put to death. Laws and policies should be fair and consistent. Cities should enact comprehensive breed-neutral ordinances that focus on the behavior of the dog and the behavior of the owner. So far 22 states have passed provisions prohibiting breed discrimination legislation and Kentucky should do the same.
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  • Enact a Humane Pet Store Ordinance in Bolingbrook, Illinois
    Bolingbrook does not currently have a humane pet store ordinance, which means that pet stores are able to sell pets that come from mass-breeding facilities where profit takes priority over the health, comfort, and welfare of the animals. These facilities produce puppies that are often sick, causing unsuspecting consumers to have to care for a new pet in need of expensive veterinary treatment. Milled puppies can also spread Campylobacter, a dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria that is contagious to humans. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced a multi-state outbreak of Campylobacter to pet store puppies. This is a public health risk in a time where public health should be a top priority. We must learn our lesson from COVID-19: diseases that spread from animals to humans should be taken seriously. We have the opportunity to take action against mass-breeding pet mills, so we should act now to ban the sale of these commercially-bred pets in pet stores. I would like to see Bolingbrook enact a humane pet store ordinance that would prevent local pet stores from being able to sell puppies, kittens, and rabbits from commercial breeding facilities. I am a resident of Bolingbrook, and I care about the safety of animals and the humans interacting with these animals. Now is the time to pass an ordinance that would protect pets, consumers, and public health. Neighboring cities, such as Chicago and Naperville, have passed similar ordinances which could serve as a model for our own ordinance. In fact, 20 localities across Illinois have already enacted similar ordinances. Please consider passing a humane pet store ordinance for Bolingbrook, Illinois. Thank you.
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  • Apoye programas de gatos comunitarios en Laredo
    ¿Porque esto es importante? Los gatos de la comunidad (también conocidos como gatos callejeros o ambulantes) corren el riesgo de perder la vida simplemente porque han establecido un hogar en su comunidad. En muchos casos, son llevados a refugios locales, donde es poco probable que los adopten porque muchos de ellos no están socializados con la gente. Ahí es donde entran los programas comunitarios para gatos. Estos programas usan Capturar, Esterilizar y Soltar (CES) para salvar gatos. El proceso es simple: los gatos de la comunidad son atrapados, evaluados por veterinarios, vacunados, esterilizados o castrados. Se les cortan un poco de la puntita de una oreja para identificarlos como esterilizados y devueltos a sus comunidades, sin poder tener gatitos. Puede ayudar a salvar las vidas de los gatos de la comunidad y apoyar a las personas que los cuidan, abogando por programas comunitarios de gatos y otros esfuerzos para salvar vidas que se implementarán en Laredo. ¡Gracias por apoyar a los gatos comunitarios en su vecindario y por todo lo que hacen por los animales!
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  • Petition to Reduce Public Health Risk by Passing a Humane Pet Store Ordinance in Oswego, Illinois
    Oswego does not currently have a humane pet store ordinance, which means that pet stores are able to sell pets that come from mass-breeding facilities where profit takes priority over the health, comfort, and welfare of the animals. These facilities produce puppies that are often sick, causing unsuspecting consumers to have to care for a new pet in need of expensive veterinary treatment. Milled puppies can also spread Campylobacter, a dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria that is contagious to humans. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced a multi-state outbreak of Campylobacter to pet store puppies. This is a public health risk in a time where public health should be a top priority. We have learned that this is a time where a sense of community is more important than ever as we continue to isolate ourselves in order to protect the ones we love. To preserve that sense, we must have trust within our local government to guide us knowing they have our best interests in their minds and hearts. With that said, I believe through this struggle we must learn our lesson from COVID-19: diseases that spread from animals to humans should be taken seriously. We have the opportunity to take action against mass-breeding pet mills, so we should act now to ban the sale of these commercially-bred pets in pet stores. I believe it is in the township’s best interest to curb the spread of new diseases, in order to fulfill their commitment to public safety. I would like to see Oswego enact a humane pet store ordinance that would prevent local pet stores from being able to sell puppies, kittens, and rabbits from commercial breeding facilities. I am a resident of Oswego, and I care about the safety of animals and the humans interacting with these animals. Now is the time to pass an ordinance that would protect pets, consumers, and public health. Neighboring cities, such as Chicago and Naperville, have passed similar ordinances which could serve as a model for our own ordinance. In fact, 20 localities across Illinois have already enacted similar ordinances. Please consider passing a humane pet store ordinance for Oswego, Illinois. Thank you.
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  • Enact a Humane Pet Store Ordinance in Bloomingdale, Illinois
    Bloomingdale does not currently have a humane pet store ordinance, which means that pet stores are able to sell pets that come from mass-breeding facilities where profit takes priority over the health, comfort, and welfare of the animals. These facilities produce puppies that are often sick, causing unsuspecting consumers to have to care for a new pet in need of expensive veterinary treatment. Milled puppies can also spread Campylobacter, a dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria that is contagious to humans. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced a multi-state outbreak of Campylobacter to pet store puppies. This is a public health risk in a time where public health should be a top priority. We must learn our lesson from COVID-19: diseases that spread from animals to humans should be taken seriously. We have the opportunity to take action against mass-breeding pet mills, so we should act now to ban the sale of these commercially-bred pets in pet stores. I would like to see Bloomingdale enact a humane pet store ordinance that would prevent local pet stores from being able to sell puppies, kittens, and rabbits from commercial breeding facilities. I am a resident of Bloomingdale, and I care about the safety of animals and the humans interacting with these animals. Now is the time to pass an ordinance that would protect pets, consumers, and public health. Neighboring cities, such as Chicago and Naperville, have passed similar ordinances which could serve as a model for our own ordinance. In fact, 20 localities across Illinois have already enacted similar ordinances. Please consider passing a humane pet store ordinance for Bloomingdale, Illinois. Thank you.
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  • Enact a Humane Pet Store Ordinance in St. Charles, Illinois
    St. Charles does not currently have a humane pet store ordinance, which means that pet stores are able to sell pets that come from mass-breeding facilities where profit takes priority over the health, comfort, and welfare of the animals. These facilities produce puppies that are often sick, causing unsuspecting consumers to have to care for a new pet in need of expensive veterinary treatment. Milled puppies can also spread Campylobacter, a dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria that is contagious to humans. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced a multi-state outbreak of Campylobacter to pet store puppies. This is a public health risk in a time where public health should be a top priority. We must learn our lesson from COVID-19: diseases that spread from animals to humans should be taken seriously. We have the opportunity to take action against mass-breeding pet mills, so we should act now to ban the sale of these commercially-bred pets in pet stores. I would like to see St. Charles enact a humane pet store ordinance that would prevent local pet stores from being able to sell puppies, kittens, and rabbits from commercial breeding facilities. I am a resident of St. Charles, and I care about the safety of animals and the humans interacting with these animals. Now is the time to pass an ordinance that would protect pets, consumers, and public health. Neighboring cities, such as Chicago and Naperville, have passed similar ordinances which could serve as a model for our own ordinance. In fact, 20 localities across Illinois have already enacted similar ordinances. Please consider passing a humane pet store ordinance for St. Charles, Illinois. Thank you.
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  • Enact a Humane Pet Store Ordinance in Yorkville, Illinois
    Yorkville does not currently have a humane pet store ordinance, which means that pet stores are able to sell pets that come from mass-breeding facilities where profit takes priority over the health, comfort, and welfare of the animals. These facilities produce puppies that are often sick, causing unsuspecting consumers to have to care for a new pet in need of expensive veterinary treatment. Milled puppies can also spread Campylobacter, a dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria that is contagious to humans. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced a multi-state outbreak of Campylobacter to pet store puppies. This is a public health risk in a time where public health should be a top priority. We must learn our lesson from COVID-19: diseases that spread from animals to humans should be taken seriously. We have the opportunity to take action against mass-breeding pet mills, so we should act now to ban the sale of these commercially-bred pets in pet stores. I would like to see Yorkville enact a humane pet store ordinance that would prevent local pet stores from being able to sell puppies, kittens, and rabbits from commercial breeding facilities. I am a resident of Yorkville, and I care about the safety of animals and the humans interacting with these animals. Now is the time to pass an ordinance that would protect pets, consumers, and public health. Neighboring cities, such as Chicago and Naperville, have passed similar ordinances which could serve as a model for our own ordinance. In fact, 20 localities across Illinois have already enacted similar ordinances. Please consider passing a humane pet store ordinance for Yorkville, Illinois. Thank you.
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