Good Laws for Four Paws
Animal welfare supporters need to be aware of legislation and court cases that may affect their work
As someone who has run both an all-volunteer humane society and a large, municipal animal control operation, I know about time crunches. Between outbreaks of ringworm, arranging foster homes, caring for litters of kittens, dealing with a hoarding situation, and handling veterinary bills, who has time to keep up with what’s going on with the local government and new laws that are being considered? Running an animal shelter means having to react to any number of crises each week, and it’s easy to be so consumed with the day-to-day operations that we don’t get to lift our heads up to see what’s going on around us.
But the consequences of that can be significant, particularly when it comes to legislation. There are countless examples of municipal or county ordinances or state laws that can greatly impact the animals in our communities and our shelters. Legislation governing everything from shelter hold lengths to chaining/tethering limits is debated at state and local levels, sometimes by people who may never have set foot in an animal shelter.