At Secondhand Hounds, one part of our mission statement is to inspire change. So many organizations are constantly bailing out a quickly sinking boat, while not doing much to combat the root of the overpopulation and animal suffering problems. We have decided to share some legislative initiatives we support below. These are all bipartisan issues and we will never back a political candidate. We do believe it is important to share these initiatives with other animal lovers and will also share actionable items and ways each of us can affect change.
Companion Animal Board Bill
The Companion Animal Board (CAB) bill was introduced with a goal of creating a state board with specific expertise and skills to lead and respond to issues pertaining to companion animal issues — including health, welfare, and well-being. The CAB would allow the State of Minnesota to more effectively plan for and respond to the health and welfare needs of companion animals and to the efforts of local communities, citizens, and organizations that care for these animals.
To read more about this important bill, please visit https://www.mncab.org.
You can support this bill by signing this petition.
State bill: Dog and Cat Sales by Retail Pet Shops Prohibited
Humane Pet Store Bill
SF 370 / HF 858
Senate: Karla Bigham
House: Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn
This bill prohibits the pet store sale of commercially bred dogs and cats while allowing stores to host adoption events with animal shelters and rescues.
This bill ends the pet store sale of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills
The bill does not impact responsible breeders, as they do not sell through pet stores. Responsible breeders will be happy to meet you in person and show you where the puppy or kitten was born and raised — and where the breeding adult dogs live too.
Pet store puppies and kittens may be sick due to conditions at the breeding facility. This bill helps to protect consumers from unknowingly supporting puppy mills with their purchase.
The most successful pet stores – both large chains and small shops — profit from selling products, such as food, treats, and toys, and offering in-demand services, such as training or grooming.
Puppies and kittens in Minnesota’s pet stores can come from puppy mills anywhere in the country. Federal regulation of commercial breeders is minimal. A facility that is “USDA-licensed” does not guarantee humane conditions.
State efforts for this bill are supported by multiple individuals and organizations.
Bill flier prepared by HSUS.