Target: Governor Malloy of Connecticut
Goal: Give all pets an equal opportunity to find a loving home by overturning the law that stops rescue groups from holding adoption events and bringing dogs into Connecticut from other states.
Connecticut’s Bill 5368 effectively stops rescue groups from holding adoption events and bringing dogs into Connecticut from other states. It gives the advantage to breeders and pet stores, making it even harder for animal welfare organizations and volunteers to rescue animals in need and place them into good homes.
Bill 5368, effective October 1, will force humane groups to bring their dogs to a Connecticut vet within 48 of being in the state to obtain a health certificate. Following this visit the dog must make vet visits every 90 days and 15 days before adoption. Connecticut rescue groups have all dogs seen by a vet, spayed/neutered, and certified before they enter the state, they will be forced to do this process twice. The new certificate costs $200 per dog, this means for every 5 dogs that enter CT, volunteer and rescue groups must pay $1,000 within 48 hours. However, breeders will not be required to obtain a certificate or see a vet at all.
In order to hold an adoption event, humane groups must register, pay a fee charge, and notify the DOA and municipal zoning office 10 days in advance. But for a breeder to sell puppies there is no registration requirement, fee charge, or need to notify the DOA and municipal zoning office.
Laws should not be used to discriminate against certain dogs. Regulations should apply to all dogs, regardless of whether they are bred or abandoned. Repealing Bill 5368 and gaining support for this cause will give animals in Connecticut a better chance to find a home, as well as make a statement to local governments that the public cares about its pets.
Dear Connecticut Governor Malloy,
You recently approved Bill 5368 that discriminates against rescue shelters and humane groups. The requirements that will be enforced within 48 hours of a dogs arrival into the state is unnecessary and expensive. It creates a disadvantage for animal welfare workers and volunteers who devote themselves to rescuing animals in need and placing them in loving homes.
Any certificates, fee charges, registration requirements, or obligations to notify DOA and municipal zoning offices should apply to all dogs. If the state of Connecticut is going to tighten its rules and procedures for humane groups and rescue shelters, it should do so for breeders and pet stores.
Bill 5368 must be repealed. Connecticut’s animal welfare organizations and volunteers should not be forced to go through difficult procedures and pay expensive fees in order to save innocent animals. It is not up to the government to control which animals have better opportunities to finding a home, that decision belongs to the pet owner.
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