New York recently amended laws governing pet dealers by:

(1) exempting incorporated animal shelters, rescue organizations or other non-profit entities that transport or offer animals for adoption (a/k/a “sale”) from the statutory definition of “pet dealer,” and (2) requiring those entities to register with the Department of Agriculture and Markets and provide certain information on

Another report has surfaced about the largely unregulated, but highly profitable retail rescue industry importing puppies from the South, where irresponsible dog breeding is rampant, to eager pet owners in the North East who have bought into the propagandized message to “adopt not shop.”

In this case, as reported by Taylor Rapalyea in the article

The importance of disease transmission between humans and animals was recently reaffirmed by CDC’s report title “Outbreak of Human Pneumonic Plague with Dog-to-Human and Possible Human to-Human Transmission — Colorado, June–July 2014, published in the MMWR on May 1, 2015.

“Normally a pathogen of rodents, [plague] Y. pestis is transmitted to humans through the bite

SOURCE: New York Pet Welfare Association

January 22, 2015 12:47 ET

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Jan 22, 2015) – A group of pet store owners from New York City and other jurisdictions, U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed dog breeders and brokers, veterinarians and nonprofit associations have united to form the New York Pet Welfare Association (NYPWA).

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

The “Pet Trust statute” in New Jersey, first enacted in 2001, should be amended to reflect current concerns and those which are reasonably foreseeable so that pet owners’ intentions can be honored for the care of their pets when they are no longer able to provide that care.  These amendments include: deleting the current 21

A bill was recently introduced in the New Jersey Assembly that would require licensure of all “pet” groomers.  Applicants for a pet grooming license will have to pass a practical and technical examination prepared by or approved by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (the “Board”).

At first blush, it may seem entirely reasonable