Praise Greater Protection for Animals in Disasters


Target: House Representative Kurt Schrader

Goal: Thank the House of Representatives for providing government protection for animals during disasters

One of the most significant bills in the history of animal welfare will soon take effect, providing animals in disaster areas with government protection. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (VMMA) (H.R. 1528) in 2014. The new law will also eliminate many of the roadblocks veterinarians have had in previous years in violating federal regulations to save lives. This is an extraordinary bill that will keep all members of a family safe and protected in times of crisis and deserves our praise.

The VMMA will ensure that veterinarians who treat victims of disasters, those who are pulled from puppy mills or animal fighting rings, or are lost in remote areas, may legally transport, administer, and dispense medicines without violating any federal regulations. Perhaps most importantly, the bill helps practitioners who provide in-home care as well as veterinarians who work directly with organizations like the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Operation and their Field Investigative Response team, which assists in raids during animal fighting rings, puppy mill investigations, and is a first responder in disaster relief efforts.

Hurricane Katrina made it abundantly clear as to just how significantly disasters and times of crisis affect animals and their families. Thousands of dogs were displaced, injured, and sick from contamination. This will all change thanks to the Veterinary Mobility Act. Teams of responders from all over the country will be able to assist in rescue efforts, saving countless lives and reuniting pets with their loved ones.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank House Representatives, as well as Representative and veterinarian Kurt Schrader for drafting this incredible bill and protecting animals when they need it most.


Dear Representative Schrader,

You recently drafted H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which soon take effect and provide government protection for animals and veterinarians during disasters. Responders from all over the country will now be able to aid in relief efforts, saving lives and keeping families together.

Thank you so much for this incredible bill that will ensure help will arrive when help is needed.


[Your Name Here]

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