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This morning, the Illinois Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bill that would limit pet stores to sourcing dogs and cats only from shelters and rescues that have no affiliation with breeders.

HB 1711 would restrict pet choice and consumer protection. It also implies that breeders should not be involved in rescue efforts.

There are only a few days left in this legislative session and the bill could be voted on very soon.  Dog owners, clubs, and club rescues are encouraged to call your State Senator TODAY.  Tell them that this will not help dogs and limits the opportunity for Illinois residents to find the right dog for their family.

Put your zip code in the “Find Officials” box in the AKC Legislative Action Center to find the name and contact information for your State Senator.

For more information and talking points, view AKC’s previous alert and visit

AKC Government Relations and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners continue to monitor legislation impacting Illinois dog owners.  For more information, contact AKC GR at