FL: Help Reunite Lost Pets with Their Families & Protect Them from Abusers!
Update—March 12, 2018: Great news, advocates! The bill to protect lost and abused animals unanimously passed both chambers and is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Thank you to all of you who spoke up.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma separated hundreds of dogs and cats from their families as people and animals alike sought refuge far from home. The stress and anguish that comes from losing a pet can be devastating.
Florida S.B. 1576/H.B. 473 would require shelters and humane organizations that accept lost or stray dogs and cats to have reasonable procedures in place that better help them quickly and reliably return lost pets to their families. While many animal shelters in Florida already have these commonsense policies in place, statewide minimum standards are a crucial next step towards ensuring more lost pets are able to return home.
If passed, this bill would also protect animals from those convicted of animal cruelty by allowing judges to issue “no contact” orders to people who have been found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty.