A proposed bill in Maryland would exempt shelter and non-profit entities that offer pets to the public for adoption from providing a customer with a health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of the sale.

The health certificate would disclose “any illness, disease, or congenital or hereditary condition of the dog or

As reported in the Sentinel, NJ state Senator Linda Greenstein recently convened a meeting of “[a]nimal shelter directors, members of rescue organizations and public officials . . .  to discuss potential legislation aimed at strengthening oversight and enforcement of animal shelters.”

Topics discussed during the meeting included:

  • increasing shelter reporting requirements
  • requiring operational plans

Concerns about the health of puppies and kittens are real.

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Rabies, and other serious infections in these animals, pose serious health risks to humans and other animals.

Knowing where puppies or kittens come from, and the veterinary care provided at that source, are the

Additional research continues to fuel the flames over the controversy of the customary practice of early spay/neuter of dogs and cats in the United States.  Focusing solely on dogs, the medical validity of this practice is coming under increased scrutiny by veterinarians and scientists.  For many, many years, spay/neuter has been heavily promoted by veterinarians

Movement and sales of dogs through “rescue channels” continues to explode.  While more and more cities and states are restricting sales of dogs in pet stores to those obtained from animal shelters and rescue groups, the actual source of these dogs remains obscure.  Yet, there is mounting evidence that movement through “rescue channels” includes individuals

Animal rescue and adoption are an increasingly popular method of obtaining a new pet, particularly dogs.  Adopting a dog in need of a home is a benefit to the dog and adoptors who are not interested in purchasing a pure bred.  Everyone’s goal is to find a permanent, caring home for abandoned, relinquished, or stray

Legislators plan to re-introduce Moose’s Law in New Jersey’s new legislative session, despite Governor Christie’s pocket veto of the bill.  The law would prohibit anyone from working with animals in New Jersey, unless the Department of Health (“DOH”) certifies that each employee (volunteer or paid) never violated any part of New Jersey’s animal cruelty statute,