Urgent: Oppose Bill 951 if you love your pets!
I am an animal lover; always have been, always will be. If you are also an animal lover, you already know how important it is to sterilize rescued animals before they are released for adoption. Without mandatory spaying and neutering of our four-legged furry friends (that come into and hopefully leave shelters), we will only contribute to the ever growing population of homeless pets. We will contribute to the euthanization of animals that have done no wrong, but live(d) with people who couldn't be bothered to properly care for an animal. We will, in effect, cause the wonderful work done by animal advocates to backslide and regress, and the animals do not deserve it. So, please; I urge you to contact your representatives and oppose bill 951.
Thanks to all who choose to oppose this bill. It doesn't matter which side of the aisle you sit on; cats and dogs don't care about politics, but they deserve help from those of us who can help protect them. Thanks.Virginia Senate Bill 951, which carries a proposed amendment that would permit pet adoptions outside of jurisdiction or adjacent jurisdiction without the requirement to sterilize before releasing to the adopter, has been referred back to the Senate Agriculture Committee and is scheduled to be heard on Monday, February 5 at 9 a.m. in Senate Room B.
I urge you to contact committee members and let them know that you oppose this bill as it would present a setback in progress made to reduce our state's homeless pet population through spaying and neutering.
The Senator for District 10 (Counties of Amelia, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Goochland, Henrico, and Powhatan, and Richmond City) who is on the Agriculture Committee is:
Senator John Watkins
Please contact him immediately to let him know that you oppose Bill 951. Other commitee members that you may also contact are listed below. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of homeless pets.
Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Senator Harry B. Blevins
Senator John H. Chichester
Senator Ken Cuccinelli II
Senator R. Creigh Deeds
Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.
Senator Charles R. Hawkins
Senator Mamie E. Locke
Senator Ryan T. McDougle (Caroline, Essex, Hanover, King and Queen, King William, Middlesex, Spotsylvania)
Senator Mark D. Obenshain
Senator Phillip P. Puckett
Senator Wm. Roscoe Reynolds
Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
Senator Patricia S. Ticer
Senator Mary Margaret Whipple
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