Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) announced legislation he has filed (A4298) which will require all higher education institutions and related research facilities to offer dogs and cats – used for educational, research, or scientific purposes – to animal rescue organizations.
“As the owner of both a dog and cat, I can’t imagine that at least some of these great animals won’t be able to find a loving home. Every effort should be made to allow these pets to be adopted – not euthanized after having research conducted on them” said O’Scanlon.
Under the bill, an institution or facility that is required to offer cats or dogs for adoption through an animal rescue organization may enter into an agreement with the rescue organization to meet this requirement on an ongoing basis. This bill has been inspired by successful similar efforts in other States by the Beagle Freedom Project – an organization dedicated to saving dogs and cats from being euthanized after research conducted on them has ended.