Target: Illinois State Senator Andy Manar
Goal: Strike down legislation that would prohibit pet shelters from rescuing stray pets from animal control facilities
An Illinois senator has proposed a bill that, if passed, would disregard the hard work of pet shelters and keep more stray animals in overpopulated pro-kill animal control facilities. Throughout the state of Illinois, pet shelter volunteers have worked hard to rescue dogs and cats from animal controls, rehabilitate them, and show them for adoption. Under this new senate bill, however, these generous and effective actions would be made illegal.
According to the most recent version of the bill, animal control facilities would be prohibited from releasing any animal to individuals representing animal shelters unless that person represents not-for-profit, out-of-state organizations and the animal is being transferred out of Illinois. This means that Illinois animal controls would have to rely upon out-of-state shelter volunteers to drive across state borders to rescue stray pets. Considering that nearly every state across the country struggles with stray pet populations, out-of-state participation is highly unlikely.
Another provision of this bill would require pet shelters to turn in stray dogs and cats to either law enforcement or animal control within 24 hours to avoid fines. To reduce the burden of animal controls, non-profit rescues and shelters have participated in trap-neuter-return programs. If this bill is passed, strays would immediately go to animal control to await euthanasia.
Sign the below petition to urge Senator Manar to reconsider how his senate bill will harm pet rescue efforts across the state. The efforts of pet rescues and shelters are working to save thousands of dog and cat lives each year. If politicians don’t have the best interests of our most vulnerable animals in mind, they should stay out of the situation entirely.
Dear Senator Manar,
I am urging you to reconsider your proposed bill that would reduce the effectiveness of pet shelters across the state of Illinois. Pet shelters should be allowed to rescue stray dogs and cats from animal control facilities within their own state. Trap-neuter-return programs have been incredibly effective in the state, and should be allowed to continue.
We cannot rely upon out-of-state shelters to take care of our stray pets. We must allow pet shelter volunteers and employees to do their jobs and prevent as many stray dog and cat deaths as possible. Illinois Senate Bill 648 is misguided and must be tabled immediately. Time runs out too fast for most strays that enter animal control facilities, and new legislation should be alleviating that burden instead of causing even more overcrowding and death.
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