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Protect Pets in Extreme Weather

Help get the Pet Protection in Extreme Weather bill passed in the 2015 legislative session. You can make a difference for animals this winter! 

Cold outside bring inside

Maryland's pets who are chained, tethered and confined outside (some left 24 hours a day 7 days a week) are suffering terribly. They have no choice and they have no voice.

Several states, including Connecticut and Texas, have passed laws requiring pets be brought indoors when a weather advisory or warning is issued. It's high time, especially during the excessively cold winters we have experienced, that the state of Maryland act to protect these animals!

While Maryland requires animals to be provided with protection from the weather, those involved in animal control, law enforcement, and rescue work tell us that the current law lacks specifics and is difficult to enforce. The Pet Protection in Extreme Weather bill is a positive step forward in remedying this serious situation. Maryland must take a stand for man's best friend who has suffered so terribly this winter, and will suffer again next winter without legislative intervention.

What you can do:

Please join us in Annapolis for Voices For Animals Day 2015 so you can let your legislators know you'd like them to support legislation to protect pets during extreme weather. Check out the details for Voices For Animals Day HERE. (This event is now over - thank you for attending and speaking for those who cannot speak without you!)

And please JOIN MVFA's action alert list so when the bill's hearing date is scheduled we can let you know how you can further help! 

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has stated:

"Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It's a common belief that dogs and cats are cold weather because of their fur, but it's untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather."

Let's Bring Them In during the 2015 legislative session!

Thank you for your concern for the animals. 

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