Governor of Delaware just signed the most sweeping, progressive companion
animal protection legislation in the United States. The law was modeled
on the No
Kill Advocacy Center's Companion Animal Protection Act and spearheaded
by the non-profit No Kill shelter Faithful
Friends, in Wilmington, Delaware, and involved groups like Stray
Haven Animal Sanctuary.
Law sought to do, the Delaware
Companion Animal Protection Act mandates collaboration between shelters
and rescue groups. A shelter cannot kill an animal if a rescue group is
willing to save that animal's life. But that is just the beginning. It also
makes convenience killing illegal—shelters can no longer kill an animal
when there are available cages or the animals can share a cage or kennel
with another one.
the Delaware CAPA states:
shelters shall ensure that the following conditions are met before an animal
The holding period for the animal required by this chapter is expired;
(ii) There are no empty cages, kennels, or other living environments in
the shelter that are suitable for the animal;
(iii) The animal cannot share a cage or kennel with appropriately sized
primary living space with another animal;
(iv) A foster home is not available;
(v) Organizations on the registry developed pursuant to §8003(d) are
not willing to accept the animal; and
(vi) The animal care/control manager certifies that the above conditions
are met and that he/she has no other reasonable alternative.
The law also requires posting "all stray animals on the Internet with
sufficient detail to allow them to be recognized and claimed by their owners,"
requires shelters to maintain registries of rescue groups willing to save
lives, and requires shelters to post statistics (intake, adoption, reclaim,
transfer and killing rate).
the law is now the most progressive companion animal protection legislation
on record in this country, and can only be considered an unqualified victory
for the No Kill movement, some of the No Kill Advocacy Center's recommendations
were not accepted. Nonetheless, Delaware, the first state to ratify
our nation's constitution, continues to lead the way in embracing the legislative
framework necessary to ensure justice. And we will build upon this framework
in the coming years to strengthen protections for animals even more.
to you, Faithful Friends, for being true to your name, and our deepest gratitude
to the animal loving citizens and legislators of the great state of Delaware.
Director, No Kill Advocacy Center
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