The Companion Animal Protection Act of 2011 has been introduced in Texas. Provisions include:
- Shelters can no longer kill pets when an adopter or rescue group is willing to take them.
- Shelters can no longer kill savable pets at the owner’s request.
- Shelters can no longer kill owner surrendered pets immediately upon intake.
- Shelters can no longer kill pets when the facility has empty cages/kennels or when the pet can share a cage/kennel with another pet.
- Shelters can no longer kill pets when a foster home is available.
- Shelters can no longer kill nursing litters of puppies and kittens impounded without their mama unless they have exhausted all avenues of rescue and foster care, documented these efforts, certified in writing why the shelter itself can not provide care for the litter at present and what’s being done to change that situation. Said certification must be available for public inspection upon request for at least 3 years.
- Shelters can no longer refuse to adopt out pets based on arbitrary criteria such as breed, age or color.
- Before a shelter can kill a dog with confirmed parvo or a cat with confirmed panleukopenia, a licensed vet must certify in writing that the pet’s prognosis is poor, even with treatment. Said certification must be available for public inspection upon request for at least 3 years.
- Any agency – public or private – which kills pets must seek out and maintain a list of rescue groups willing to take pets and adopt them out. The agency must contact each group on the list who is willing to take the type of pet the agency wishes to kill before killing the pet.
- When shelters do kill pets, it must be done by IV injection after sedation (with limited exceptions made for IP injections and heartstick on unconscious pets under the direction of a licensed vet). Shelters can no longer kill pets in view of other pets.
- All municipal shelters must provide low cost spay-neuter programs to the public, volunteer opportunities, and pet retention programs.
- Shelters – both public and private – must report their stats monthly and those reports shall be available for public inspection upon request for at least 3 years.
All I can say is – Yes, please!
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