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Petition to Massachusetts Legislators

Extend Massachusetts's seven day hold to include cats and owner surrenders

Many of us believe that ALL homeless dogs and cats and other domestic animals (such as bunnies, gerbils, etc) should have the BASIC right to go to a good home. Yet, in Massachusetts only stray dogs are afforded the BASIC right to be held at an animal shelter for 7 days before being euthanized --- this is so that the lost dog's owner has the chance to find and re-claim his or her pet.  The mandated minimum hold time for cats, rabbits, gerbils and other animals is zero days........yes 0 days. (Owner surrendered dogs also have a mandated minimum hold period of zero days.....) As the pet parent of cats, I would like to know that my cat -- should he or she become lost (although indoor cats, one can accidentally go outdoors) would also be held for 7 days so that I can find and re-claim my pet. As an animal owner, I would like to know that if illness or other condition forces me to relinquish my animals to a shelter, that my pets will not be killed right away -- simply because my animal is an owner surrender. I have no plans to surrender my animals -- most animal owners do not -- but animals should not suffer an immediate death for circumstances beyond the owner's control. Please join me in asking Massachusetts legislators to extend the mandated 7 days hold to all homeless domestic animals, unless seriously or terminally ill.  (Community Cats, unless seriously or terminally ill, should not be killed at all, but returned to the place found or another suitable location)

Committee for Pet Shelter Animals
2,651 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Lewis County Board of Commissioners, Edna Fund, Gary Stamper, Bobby Jackson

Save our dog from euthanasia and let him come home

We adopted Hank on January 17, 2017.  On May 7, 2017, detectives from the Sheriff's Department  came and snatched him away without an explanation.  It took a lot of tenacity and investigating to even find out Hank's story.  I made a webpage to tell his story -- it's complicated.  When Judge Buzzard handed down his decision in Lewis County District Court on June 19, it was heartbreaking that he didn’t consider any of the news evidence or the newly approved Ordinance 1275, which at been approved especially for Hank and at the same time as his hearing, specifically so that Judge Buzzard could rule in Hank's favor.  It was even brought into the middle of Hank's hearing and handed to the judge.  A video was shown and narrated by the owner of the goats (who had every right NOT to testify on Hank's behalf) showing that Hank was not aggressive towards the goat, and there was also a signed declaration by a witness to the incident that Hank did not kill the goats nor hurt the pony.  Judge Buzzard said he didn’t believe the new evidence, and the only reason Hank hadn’t hurt or killed another animal was because he was locked up at the animal shelter.  Judge Buzzard completed dismissed the months Hank spent with us, when all he demonstrated during those months was a sweet, kind, and loving dog who only wanted to get in your lap and lick your face. Hank is not a dangerous animal; he has never showed any aggression -- not even one time to any animal or person.  But Hank sits cooped up in the Lewis County Animal Shelter away from the family who loves and cares for him. Even though Judge Buzzard ordered Hank euthanized by Wednesday, June 21, that didn't happen, and Hank has been granted a second stay until August 31 by Judge Lawler of Superior Court.  Now we will go to Thurston County to appeal Judge Buzzard's ruling and have it completely reversed.  There are several points of law that Adam makes in the Appellant's Brief that strongly supports a complete reversible. I am confident that when we go before the Appeal's judge, he will reverse all of Judge Buzzard's ruling, and Hank will be able to come home.  So many prayers will finally be answered.

Jann Propp-Estimo
146,321 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Jennifer Hawkins, OC Board of Supervisors

Stop the Killing of Karma the Dog(safe)/ Change leadership at Orange County Animal Services!

With the dog's life saved, we are now looking to change leadership at Orange County Animal Services.  As Karma is now safe in a sanctuary! Karma, a young, healthy, sweet Husky mix was taken from her loving family by Orange County Animal Care on May 25th, after adults in the family were alleged to have been engaged in a dispute. A judge then ordered Karma to be executed because they determined she is part wolf. Now, animal advocates worldwide are trying to convince authorities to spare her life. Please sign this petition urging the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Her family loves her and would gladly have her back. But if Orange County is unwilling to free her because of concerns that she is a wolf hybrid, let her live out her days at an appropriate sanctuary equipped to care for such dogs. For four months now, Karma has been in isolation with no access to run, take a walk, stretch her legs, or breathe fresh air. She’s allowed no visits from her owners. Karma is a wonderful and friendly dog. She is friendly and has never shown any indication that there is reason to question her loyalty to humans. Karma is also a licensed service dog, having helped her owner with the effects of PTSD. Only first generation wolf hybrids are illegal in the state of California, and counties are allowed to determine their own policies regarding second or third generation hybrids, of which Karma is one. When Karma was taken by Animal Care, officials looked into her history and found an extremely low wolf content on her DNA test. Karma is anything but wild, far from vicious, and she should not be condemned to this terrible fate when her breed is perfectly legal in the state.   Five dog rescue groups have stepped forward and said they are willing to take Karma. Why would Orange County stand in their way? Please help us convince the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Urge them to release her to a suitable facility.  

Michael W.
159,765 supporters