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.