Tell New York Legislators to Give Shelter Pets a Second Chance
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Tell New York Legislators to Give Shelter Pets a Second Chance

    1. Petition by

      Best Friends Animal Society

Assembly Member Micah Kellner has introduced the Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act (CAARA) to allow qualified rescue groups to recover animals that are scheduled to be destroyed at shelters. Current law only allows for individuals to adopt pets, so animal shelters have the right to deny qualified groups access to these animals.

The bill is based on the Hayden Law, which was passed in California in 1998, and a Delaware law passed in 2010. The intent of the measure is to find sheltered animals homes, rather than euthanize them. Both bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Best Friends Animal Society was one of several groups who worked with Assembly Member Kellner to help craft language that not only mandates shelter access for qualified rescue organizations but also establishes higher standards of care for animals in the shelter system.

CAARA will not only save lives but also tax dollars. It takes a lot of manpower to house, kill and dispose of dogs and cats.

Politics is not a spectator sport. Please sign this petition and help our homeless dogs and cats.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Animal Groups Come Together to Give New York Shelter Pets a Second Chance

      Killing animals is not only unconscionable policy, it's costly. It takes a lot of manpower — i.e. tax dollars — to house, kill, and dispose of a homeless dog or cat. Wouldn't it be much more compassionate to give dogs and cats slated for...

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Glenda Mendoza LAKEWOOD, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      They will give you unconditional love no matter what have a heart dogs have a better heart than humans

      • almost 3 years ago

      Dog's don't get to choose who they live with and what is done to them. Their welfare and their lives are at the mercy of human beings - will they end up with someone who truly respects and loves them or with someone who uses and abuses them - then discards their life as if it is trash. This means that we need be very serious about protecting them.

      Dogs are intelligent, sensitive animals. Each dog has its own unique personality. The full ranges of personalities we see in humans exist in dogs - the main difference being that cruelty is unique to humans…this attribute does not exist in dogs. There have been many well known and respected people throughout history who have said that humans who endured in the face of great adversity carry many scars but it is these same people who have the most to contribute to society. I believe that the same can be said for the dog.

      All dogs have so much that they are willing to share with humanity. If we are willing to open our minds to see, we can learn so much from them about ourselves. They can help us be more aware of our own behaviour and give us a second chance to grow into better, wiser and happier individuals. When you help a dog it is not just the dog that gets a second lease on life and a new is also the human.

      Dogs are not plant crops, dogs are not garbage they are living, breathing, feeling animals no different than a human. Except dogs are never cruel - but humans are!

      Dogs are mans best friend - a precious gift to mankind. Why would you not want to do everything possible to see these dogs have the best chance to be adopted rather than euthanized? It makes no sense.

      Each dog, like every human has its own personality, likes and dislikes, fears and things that they anticipate with their own form of joy. Have humility and empathy - recognize that dogs are worthy of proper care and consideration. Please help make a profound difference in changing the future - making it a better place for dogs.

      What a dog wants most is to have the opportunity to live the life it deserves to live - to be loved and to give love like only a dog can.

      These dogs have been let down my humanity once, twice, countless times - show true leadership, show true empathy, allowed rescue groups to take these dogs. To do anything less is a tragedy that makes no sense.

    • annie keifert CHANTILLY,, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”

      ― Leonardo da Vinci

    • Bonny Stroebel PRETORIA, HI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Mother Earth nurtures us, she feeds us, and she teaches us. The beauty of all living things resides with her and it is our duty to protect and look after what we have. No more cruelty, no more torcher, no more killing for greed, No More! We need to step up as human beings and protect the earth and all living things equally!

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    • Linda Pullen MONMOUTH, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is legislation that should be passed nationwide! Bravo for presenting it, now just get it passed!


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