26 May 2011

Proposed legislation in New York seeks to save shelter animals

Shelter animals in New York State that are in danger of being euthanized may be getting a new lease on life thanks to new legislation being proposed by State Assemblyman Micah Kellner.

The new bill, called The Companion Animal Rescue Act, would allow qualified rescue groups to adopt animals from shelters. Currently these groups are barred from taking unwanted dogs and cats from shelters.

The bill is especially important in New York City where homeless dogs and cats are euthanized in the thousands because of limited space in shelters.

“There are tens of thousands animals in New York State shelters waiting to be adopted and most are healthy, well-behaved, and just in need of a loving home,” Kellner said. “When a humane organization volunteers to take these animals, they should not be denied”

Rescue groups are turned away from adopting shelter animals over concern that the animals might not be properly cared for, or enter into hoarding situations. The new bill has provisions that would ensure animals receive proper care including fresh food and water, clean living environments and exercise and veterinary care.

Advocates of the bill claim its passage could save the lives of over 25,000 homeless pets every year.

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