Require Criminal Background Checks for Animal Adopters

A dog that was rescued from a high kill shelter in Southern California by the Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals tries to get noticed by people looking for a new dog at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington in Vancouver on Tuesday April 20, 2010. (The Columbian/Zachary Kaufman)

Target: Michigan House of Representatives

Goal: Require a criminal background check in order to adopt an animal.

A Michigan House committee unanimously approved a pair of bills that will require a background check before animal adoption. These bills now move into the Michigan House of Representatives for consideration. The bills would require that anyone attempting to adopt from a municipal-run and private shelter would need a criminal background check.

The bills were drafted in order to prevent animal abusers from adopting. If passed, the legislation would not allow anyone convicted of animal abuse in the last five years to adopt an animal. Examples of this would include any conviction of neglect, abuse, or fighting. The shelters would also be legally allowed to deny anyone convicted of animal abuse that was more than five years ago.

This measure is near identical to legislation that was proposed and denied in 2013. The legislation was called “Logan’s Law,” after a Siberian husky died when his owner poured acid on his face while caged in a kennel. “Logan’s Law” was attempting to become the first law that would require an animal-abuse registry. The government’s main concern with these laws lies in the limited resources for funding of criminal background checks. However, the support for this type of legislation is overwhelming, and it now has a second chance to be passed.

The bills are now going to the House for consideration. This legislation is one step closer to preventing animal abuse, and could potentially protect thousands of animals. Please support this petition by signing below, and recognize the importance of ensuring a safe home for all adopted animals.


Dear Michigan House of Representatives,

In 2013, a Siberian husky died after having acid thrown on his face while he was locked in an outside kennel. This story is not unique, and animals are often the most vulnerable and unprotected creatures in our society. This type of abuse happens all too often, but there can be ways to prevent it.

The pair of bills being introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives will help to prevent future attacks on innocent animals. The bills would require any individual attempting to adopt an animal to have a criminal background check. If they were convicted of animal abuse in the last five years, they will be immediately denied.

This legislation could potentially protect thousands of animals. These voiceless animals deserve the time and consideration to be placed in a safe home. Please support and pass this legislation, so the state of Michigan will get closer to being a safe place for animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Zachary Kaufman

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  1. gina lynn evers says:

    ANY crime involving violence, or a victim of any kind, should be denied the RIGHT and PRIVELAGE of pet ownership. Break the cycle.

  2. ???? should have been done many years ago!!! ??

  3. Judy Cummings says:

    FIRST Logan’s owner WAS NOT the monster who through acid in face…the perpetrator is still unkown. SECOND The bills were NOT denied in 2013, they were waiting when the session closed in 2014. Horrible job of reporting, need to get the facts straight! Logan’s owners, Matt and Nancy are the people behind this bill. Logan was not locked in a small kennel. Kennel and his companion prefer outdoors and because Logan was so sweet and friendly, when the monster approached his very large kennel, Logan would have come up to the side to greet the “visitor”. His companion dog was not injured because he was not as friendly and would have stayed back. There is a reward for information leading the the conviction of the person who did this.

  4. I agree with this petition because, background checks need to be required, I haven’t own any pets just yet.

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