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.
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I urge you to support A 7312A, the Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act. Each year, tens of thousands of animals in New York State languish in shelters waiting to be adopted. Many are healthy, well-behaved animals simply in need of a home. If a qualified rescue organization volunteers to take these pets, they should not be denied and the pet euthanized.
This legislation would not only save lives, it will save taxpayer dollars by reducing euthanasia. Holding, killing, and disposing of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats requires a lot of energy and manpower.
CAARA will not only reduce the number of pets killed, it will also establish higher standards of care for New York dogs and cats in the shelter system.
This concept of CAARA is nothing new: In 1998, California passed the Hayden law, which includes a provision allowing not-for-profit animal rescue or animal adoption organizations to request possession of a dog or cat prior to its killing. In 2010, Delaware passed similar legislation. Both bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Senator Joseph Robach is sponsoring the companion bill in the Senate. I sincerely hope you support A 7312A.
Thank you for your consideration.
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