A local pet store transitions from selling commercially-raised puppies to only offering rescued shelter animals. A new law seeks to prevent the killing of treatable animals surrendered “for euthanasia.” Legislation to ban the retail sales of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores has been introduced in Pennsylvania. The No Kill Advocacy Center has developed model protocols to help shelters achieve placement rates of 99%. In a nationwide first, a sweeping new law in Austin enshrines protections for unborn dogs and cats. A third horse has been killed at Santa Anita in as many weeks. An animal abuser was ordered to do community service at an animal shelter, but not a single one would let him in the door. And finally, a quiet revolution to protect animals has been occurring in the State of Washington, which passed a series of important new laws.

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And finally, while the movement has focused attention on trying to reform regressive practices in places like New York City, Miami, San Antonio, and elsewhere, a quiet revolution to protect animals has been occurring in the State of Washington. It passed a series of measures to improve the plight of dogs, cats, rabbits and others, including legislation to limit breed discriminatory laws, expand animal cruelty prosecutions/dog fighting offenses, and more.

The most far reaching is a new law which allows animal shelters, including humane societies, to provide veterinary care for the pets of low-income pet owners. They are also allowed to provide emergency care to any animal in order to prevent an animal’s death or permanent injury. And they can provide veterinary care to sick animals for up to 30 days after adoption. Current law in most states prohibit humane societies from providing services beyond sterilization and vaccinations because state veterinary medical associations have long fought measures deemed a threat to the profits of private practice veterinarians, even though low-income households are not likely to utilize their services because of high cost. The new law will not only improve the health of animals and prevent suffering, it will reduce the number of animals who are surrendered to local pounds because of treatable, but unaffordable, medical problems.

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