New York Assembly Member Micah Kellner has introduced the Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act (CAARA) which would allow qualified rescue groups to recover and re-home shelter dogs that would otherwise be destroyed. At the moment only individuals are allowed to adopt, and animal shelters have the right to refuse rescue groups that volunteer to take the pets.
The bill, A 7312A, is based on the Hayden Law passed in California in 1998, and also a Delaware Law passed last year, both of which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. If passed CAARA would ensure proper care and attention of the shelter animals, as well as raising the minimum period dogs can be held before being euthanized to 5 days regardless of whether they have a license or not.
Several groups worked together with Kellner to craft the bill, including the Best Friends Animal Society of National Geographic’s Dog Town fame. If successful it will save lives, raise care standards and reduce taxpayer dollars. Seems like a win-win situation to me.
What can you do to help? Just follow this link and sign the petition. Easy peasy, and could make the world of difference to a homeless animal.
To see the full version of the bill, click here.