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KS: Support protections for dogs and cats.

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Legislative Alert

Urge your senator to expand protections for animals.

Kansas dogs and cats need your support! Current law does not allow a dog or cat with a “contagious or infectious” disease to be placed in an adoptive or foster home. Application of the current law even prevents dogs and cats with something as simple as a common cold from finding homes and receiving the treatment they need and deserve.

Senate Bill 117 will fix the current problem, while allowing Kansas shelters to safely place dogs and cats in homes without sacrificing public health and safety. SB 117 will allow dogs and cats with a contagious or infectious disease to be placed in adoptive and foster homes, as long as the ailment is disclosed by a veterinarian and a treatment plan for care of the animal is in place. These common-sense changes will allow Kansas shelters to safely and humanely save more lives.

Your senator is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, which will hold a hearing on SB 117 Tuesday, February 12 at 8:30 a.m. Now is the time for you to speak up.
 
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Protect public health, safety and our pets

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, I urge you to support Senate Bill 117, which will protect our state's pets and improve public health. All dogs and cats in our shelters deserve both a chance at a loving home and adequate veterinary care.

SB 117 fixes a problem that is unique to our shelter system. Cats and dogs suffering from something as simple as a common cold cannot be placed in adoptive or foster homes under our current law. The unintended consequence of this law is the placing of an unfair burden on taxpayer-funded state shelters and the communities that they serve. SB 117 will eliminate this unfair burden while enhancing public health and safety.

This bill will allow dogs and cats with a contagious or infectious disease to be placed in adoptive and foster homes, as long as the ailment is disclosed by a veterinarian and a treatment plan for the animal is in place. This common-sense solution will allow Kansas shelters to safely and humanely save more lives.

At your hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, I urge you to support Senate Bill 117, which provides protections for our state's companion animals and shelters. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

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