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Dog and Cat Image Legislative Alert

Urge your state delegate to support “Molly’s bill.”

“Molly’s bill,” Senate bill 801, requires public shelters to hold cats and dogs for three days (beyond the statutory stray-hold period) if a person lets the shelter know their intent to adopt or take custody of the animal. It will save lives and keep tragic stories like Molly’s from happening again.

This common sense bill gives our pets a chance at finding their forever home, and will keep public shelters, funded with our tax dollars, from needlessly killing more dogs and cats.

The bill passed through the Senate, with strong bipartisan support, but it needs help in the House of Delegates, where well-funded and connected lobbyists are doing everything they can to stop it in its tracks. Here’s what you can do to help.

Please contact your delegate and let her or him know that this is a priority bill for you, and that it should be for them. Next, urge your delegate to contact the chair and members of the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and ask that these members vote SB 801 out of committee when it comes before them.

Finally, and most important of all, please share this message on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media platforms. This is going to come down to a numbers game, so please take action now.

Thank you for your support and your help to Save Them All.


  • Your State Representative or Representatives


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, I urge you to support SB 801 to help save the lives of shelter dogs and cats.

Help give these dogs and cats a chance at finding their forever home. Please support SB 801 in committee and on the House floor.