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WE NEED THOUSANDS MORE SIGNATURES !!!! COME ON FLORIDA !!! !! SIGN FOR THE ANIMAL RESCUE ACT !!!!!!!!!! WE ARE HERE! MAKE THEM HEAR!!!

INNOCENT ANIMALS NEED YOUR HELP!

On February 28, 2014 Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo filed Senate Bill 1534, otherwise known as the Animal Rescue Act.

This Act mandates as follows:

If a shelter or rescue group is willing to take possession of an animal, the animal may not be euthanized.

An animal control agency or animal shelter may not euthanize an animal until the agency or shelter has notified each agency, shelter, and rescue group on its registry which has indicated a willingness and ability to take an animal of that type.

An animal control agency or animal shelter that euthanizes animals shall maintain a registry of other agencies, shelters, or animal rescue groups that are willing and able to accept an animal that is at risk of euthanasia.

Notification must take place at least 24 hours before the animal is scheduled to be euthanized.

The Florida Animal Rescue Act also includes important safeguards to combat previous opposition that rescue groups and shelters can be "hoarders". Although this objection has no basis in fact, the Act allows that an agency or shelter may refuse to include in, or may remove a rescue group from, its registry if a current director, officer, staff member, or volunteer of the rescue group has been convicted or charged with a crime relating to animal cruelty or neglect.

As an additional safeguard, a shelter may require a rescue group to provide monthly, for public inspection, data which includes the number of animals that have been placed with the rescue group from an agency or shelter, the number that have been adopted, and the number that remain in the care of the rescue group.

THERE IS NO LEGITIMATE REASON FOR THIS BILL TO FAIL - EVEN THOUGH A SIMILAR BILL FAILED IN 2012.

It is the duty of animal lover to actively work towards the passage of this law. History tells us that there are Florida Legislators who can be intimidated, and who will allow the needless killing of tens of thousands of Animals.

Like similar laws enacted before it in California, Delaware, and other states, the Florida Animal Rescue Act further paves the way for a national commitment to cease the needless killing of innocent animals.

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PLEASE SUPPORT THESE ANIMALS BY SIGNING THIS PETITION.

The petition shall be delivered to Florida State Senators; Florida State Representatives; Florida State House; Florida State Senate.

Attention Florida … the animals need your help!

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On February 28, 2014 State Senator Joseph Abruzzo (Wellington/Palm Beach County) filed Senate Bill 1534, otherwise known as the Animal Rescue Act. This Act mandates:

If a shelter or rescue group is willing to take possession of an animal, the animal may not be euthanized.
An animal control agency or animal shelter may not euthanize an animal until the agency or shelter has notified each agency, shelter, and rescue group on its registry which has indicated a willingness and ability to take an animal of that type.
An animal control agency or animal shelter that euthanizes animals shall maintain a registry of other agencies, shelters, or animal rescue groups that are willing and able to accept an animal that is at risk of euthanasia.
Notification must take place at least 24 hours before the animal is scheduled to be euthanized.
Read the bill here. http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1534/BillText/__/HTML

If you would like to track the bill, you can register here http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1534

The Animal Rescue Act is a powerful document. It provides three important mandates:

EUTHANASIA REGISTRY

NOTIFICATION

HOLDING PERIODS

EUTHANASIA REGISTRY – An animal control agency or animal shelter that euthanizes animals shall maintain a registry of other agencies, shelters, or animal rescue groups that are willing and able to accept an animal that is at risk of euthanasia.

An agency or shelter may refuse to include in, or may remove a rescue group from, its registry if a current director, officer, staff member, or volunteer of the rescue group has been convicted of a crime relating to animal cruelty or neglect; if such charges are pending; or if the rescue group is constrained by a court order that prevents it from taking in or keeping animals.

As an additional safeguard, a shelter may require a rescue group to provide monthly, for public inspection, data which includes the number of animals that have been placed with the rescue group from an agency or shelter, the number that have been adopted, and the number that remain in the care of the rescue group.

NOTIFICATION – An animal control agency or animal shelter may not euthanize an animal until the agency or shelter has notified, or made a reasonable attempt to notify, each agency, shelter, and rescue group on the registry which has indicated a willingness and ability to take an animal of that type or state.

Notification must take place at least 24 hours before the animal is scheduled to be euthanized and must, at a minimum, be conducted through verifiable electronic communication.

If an agency, a shelter, or a rescue group indicates a willingness to take possession of the animal, the animal may not be euthanized. The agency, shelter, or rescue group must take possession of the animal within 2 business days after indicating a willingness and ability to take the animal.

HOLDING PERIODS – The required holding period for a stray animal is 5 business days, not including the day of impoundment. Animals must be held for owner redemption during the first 2 days of the holding period and are available for owner redemption, transfer, and adoption for the remainder of the holding period.

In 2011, a similar bill failed to pass based largely on strong opposition from contrary interests including the Florida Animal Control Association and other groups.

Why did these groups object?

Primary in their opposition was the unfounded premise that many of Florida’s non-profit rescue groups are actually “hoarders” in disguise. Amazingly, these groups advocated in favor of euthanizing cats and dogs so as to protect them from “potentially disguised” animal hoarders. While these fear mongering arguments have no basis in fact, unfortunately they were sufficient enough to prevent passage of the previous bill.

The current bill includes so-called safeguards which would make the argument for “hoarding” more difficult to sustain. In fact, rescue groups and shelters absolutely should be removed if an officer or volunteer has been convicted or charged with a crime relating to animal cruelty or neglect. Nor do we object to a monthly accounting of the animals turned over to rescue groups and shelters. The process is merely a safeguard for protecting animals. Isn’t that what all of this is about?

Opponents also argued that the bill would be expensive for governments and hence taxpayers. Again, there is no merit to this objection. Case in point – similar legislation that was passed in California in 1998. Over 10 years following the passage of California’s law, a report presented in 2011, An Analysis of the Impact of California’s “Rescue Access” Law and its Applicability Elsewhere found that …

“sending animals to non-profit animal rescue organizations rather than killing them saved the City and County of San Francisco $486,480 in publicly funded animal control costs”.

That report, also known as the Hayden Report goes on to conclude:

Overall the past ten year of experience with rescue access legislation in California reveal that rescue groups can significantly increase the number of animals saved and significantly decrease shelter killing rates and expenditures.

Moreover, there is no evidence that the problems predicted by some when the law was considered, such as hoarding or exposing the public to dangerous dogs, has never materialized.

Animal lovers … we must work to get the 2014 version of this bill – SB 1534 – passed!

What can you do?

Take Action!

Pass this on to everyone you know. Facebook, Twitter, any other means of communications that you can share with your friends and associates.

Arm yourself with the facts. Consider these bullet points, and then do your own research if you are so inclined.

The Animal Rescue Act will not cost taxpayers money. To the contrary, it reduces the costs for killing animals, and actually brings in revenue through adoption fees if public shelters are so inclined to offer adoption options on their own. In addition, many of the costs now absorbed by public shelters would be transferred from taxpayers to private organizations.
Tax dollars should not be used to kill animals when private non-profit organizations are ready, willing, and able to save them.
The Animal Rescue Act has safeguards built in to protect animals from so-called “hoarders”.
The Animal Rescue Act does not require private rescue and shelter groups to take animals. To the contrary, this Act gives non-profit rescue organizations the choice to save the lives of animals in shelters, and prevents shelters from killing the very animals these groups are offering to save.
The public does not support mass euthanizing of animals. According to an AP-Petside.com Poll conducted in October 2011, 70% of pet owners believe that shelters should not euthanize animals unless they are suffering.
According to No Kill Nation, Inc, a statewide survey of rescue groups found that 63 percent of nonprofit rescue organizations have had at least one Florida state shelter refuse to work collaboratively with them, then turn around and kill the very animals the organizations were willing to save. The most common reason given was shelters not having a policy of working with rescue groups or being openly hostile to doing so.

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Email your Florida State Senator and State Representative. Express your concerns and urge them to either co-sponsor the bill or to support it.

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I am following Senate Bill 1534, the Animal Rescue Act which seeks to correct the thousands of animal killings that occur needlessly in Florida every year. It is particularly disturbing that a majority of qualified private animal rescue organizations throughout the state report that public shelters consistently refuse to work cooperate with them, and then kill the very animals these organizations are willing to save. SB 1534 will end this deplorable state of affairs.

The arguments against a similar bill in 2011, while unfounded, are nonetheless addressed in the 2014 bill. Provisions provide protection from so-called “hoarders” by requiring the removal of shelters whose officers or volunteers have been convicted or even charged with a crime relating to animal cruelty or neglect. As well, I agree with the provision that allows public shelters to choose to require the monthly accountability for all animals turned over to private rescue groups. Surely these safeguards are an effective deterrent to potential “hoarders”.

As for the argument that the requirements of the Animal Rescue Act will increase costs to taxpayers, I reject that. Studies from other states, notably California, the leader in this arena, substantiate precisely the opposite.

I will continue to track the process of this bill. As your constituent, I urge you to support SB 1534. Tens of thousands of lives are at stake.

Signed,

Your voice counts!

Please do not delay! SB 1534 is in Committee now! Now is the time to act, before opposing forces have the time to defeat it. You really can stop the needless killing of thousands of animals. Take action before tens of thousands more of them are put to a needless death.