Illinois: Register Your Opposition to Restrictions on Pet Choice, Breed Rescue TODAY
The Illinois Senate Agriculture Committee is considering a bill on Thursday, May 27, that would limit pet stores to sourcing dogs and cats only from shelters and rescues that have no affiliation with breeders. We are asking local clubs, club rescues, and dog owners to take a minute TODAY and submit an online witness slip […] | May 25, 2021
Update: Vermont Governor Signs Animal Control Officer Training and Authorization Bill
Supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs (VT Federation), House Bill 421 was signed into law by Governor Scott on May 20, 2021.  The new law becomes effective on July 1, 2021. In summary, HB 421 (1) narrows the list of individuals authorized as “humane officers” who investigate […] | May 25, 2021
Hawaii: Petition Seeks Reopening of Oahu’s Parks for Dog Training
An online petition launched by the Hawaiian Agility Association, an AKC-licensed club, seeks to urge Mayor Rick Blangiardi to restart issuing permits for dog training activities in Oahu’s public parks. As we are all aware, COVID-19 shut down most public accommodations, including public parks.  However, as vaccination rates have increased and infection rates have decreased, […] | May 25, 2021
Reopening Information by State 
The following list provides information on COVID-19 shelter in place/closure orders with respect to rules impacting access to pet care, supplies, and services. Please visit AKC legislative alerts  ( to view some of the actions we’ve taken and to learn what you can do to help. COVID-19 Directives by State Alabama - Alaska - […] | May 24, 2021
Alabama Success: Bill Allowing Dogs in Outdoor Seating Areas of Restaurants Enacted
Good news!  The voices of responsible dog owners were heard in Montgomery. Yesterday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed House Bill 235, which authorizes food service establishments to allow pet dogs in outdoor restaurant seating areas if the company wishes to do so. The new law takes effect on August 1, 2021. Read AKC Government Relations’ […] | May 21, 2021
Illinois: Ask Committee to Oppose Bill Limiting Pet Choice, Breed Rescue TODAY
The Illinois Senate Agriculture Committee will likely consider a bill next week that would limit pet stores to sourcing dogs and cats only from shelters and rescues that have no affiliation with breeders. House Bill 1711 is virtually identical to a bill considered and defeated earlier this year by the Senate Agriculture Committee.  However, the […] | May 21, 2021
TX Alert: AKC Supports Amended HB 1818, Requests Your Support
Yesterday, the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee approved an amended version of House Bill 1818.  As previously reported, this committee substitute is supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and other animal interest organizations as a reasonable alternative to the severe impact earlier versions of the bill would have had on both the type […] | May 21, 2021
Update on Rhode Island “Lawyers for Animals” Bills
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) continues to work in opposition to Senate Bill 534 and Senate Bill 601, which seek to create court- appointed legal advocates for animals. The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee considered both bills at its May 6, 2021, hearing.  AKC thanks the many concerned residents who responded to our May 3, […] | May 19, 2021
New York: Non-Economic Damages Bill Advances – Call Your Senator
The New York Senate continues to advance a bill that would allow a person to receive damages for mental distress or emotional harm caused by the injury or death of a companion animal. AKC opposes this bill.  Allowing non-economic damages for pets calls into question the legal status of pets as property. The legal concept […] | May 18, 2021
TX ACTION UPDATE: AKC-Supported Substitute to Pet Store Bill Adopted by Senate Committee—Express Support for CSHB 1818 Today!
Today, the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee adopted a substitute to House Bill 1818. Originally and as passed by the Texas House, HB 1818 would have limited the sources of dogs and cats sold by certain Texas pet stores to only those sourced from animal control agencies, animal shelters, and animal rescue organizations.  The […] | May 18, 2021

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