Support the New York Companion Animal Protection Act
America is an animal friendly society. Approximately sixty-eight percent of U.S. households own a pet - about 85 million families. Our companion animals are part of our daily lives from the time we wake in the morning until we go to sleep at night. We include them in holiday celebrations, we take them on trips, we buy them gifts, we take time off work to care for them when they are sick and we agonize over our decisions when the time comes to say farewell to them due to advanced age or disease.
But there is a dark side to our relationship with companion animals which is our collective shame. We destroy thousands of healthy and treatable animals in our tax-funded animal shelters across the country - and in New York - every year. Many people simply do not know about what happens at their local animal shelter using their money and in their name. Some who know about this tragedy believe there is no other way to function. There is.
The New York Companion Animal Protection Act (also called the CAPA ) is state-wide legislation in New York which would set basic standards for animal shelters which function using our money. The provisions of the CAPA are consistent with No Kill animal shelter philosophies used across the country to keep animals alive while ending the outdated practice of destroying healthy and treatable pets for no good reason at all. The CAPA is not at all controversial; it is a law which reflects what people want and expect from animal shelters which are entrusted with the care of companion animals most in need of our help.
We invite you to learn about the CAPA and then decide for yourself what you want done with your tax dollars. Communicate your support for this vital legislation to the bill sponsors and to your state elected officials. Share the CAPA with your family, friends, co-workers and people you meet. Animals who find themselves in our animal shelters should not be subject to a death sentence. If your companion animal ended up in a shelter due to no fault of your own, surely you would expect him or her to be kept alive. The time has come to enact a law which requires our tax dollars to be used in ways which are consistent with our values in New York.
We say we value companion animals in our lives. It's time to stop the killing.