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Spay/Neuter Passed both Houses of Maryand General Assembly TODAY!

Spay/Neuter bil has passed both houses in the Maryland General Assembly!

Today, Wednesday, March 21st, the full Senate in the Maryland General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass the Voluntary Low-cost Spay/neuter bill, SB 820/ HB 767!  Thank you to the primary sponsor, Senator Benson, and to all the senators who voted favorably.  

Monday, March 18th, the House of Delegates also voted overwhelmingly in support.  Thank you to the primary sponsor in the house, Delegate Frush, and to all the delegates who voted favorably.

Here's the voting record:  SB 820 passed 46 to 1. HB 767 passed 113 to 23.

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SAVE LIVES - ACT NOW for Maryland's Pets!

Maryland Needs You to Contact Your Legislators Today!

The Spay/Neuter bill goes to a floor vote in the House in just a few days!  It also goes to vote in the Senate Committee any day now!  PLEASE ACT NOW! 

Thanks to your efforts, the urgency of the spay/neuter bill has reached many Legislators. But there are forces that have come to Maryland with an organized lobbying attack against the Maryland bill and task force recommendations.

With just mere days left before votes in the House and in the Senate Committee, it is critical to contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to support this life-saving legislation!

Please send a letter now by clicking HERE.

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Help End the Torture of "Bait" Dogs in Maryland

Please ACT NOW to Protect "Bait" dogs.

The gruesome world of illegal dog-fighting operations includes the torture, abuse, and mutilation of non-fighting dogs to train fighting dogs. Bait dogs are of all shapes, sizes, and breeds, often rendered defenseless by using duct tape and restraints or tied to a pole or tree for days of repeated attacks until they die. It is the most horrific animal cruelty of its kind, and bait dogs suffer the cruelest fate. We read about its victims time and time again in Maryland and this cruelty must be stopped!

Send your letter of support for this bill now!

DOG-FIGHTING is directly linked to other violent crimes and criminal activity, including drugs, illegal weapons, and homicide. Dog-fighting operations must be stopped to protect our communities, children, and animals. The Bait Dog bill is an important tool for law-enforcement that addresses a serious loop-hole in Maryland's dog-fighting law. Maryland ranks 43rd among all other states in the strength of our dog-fighting laws - LET'S CHANGE that today and support the Bait Dog bill to strengthen Maryland's dog-fighting laws, protect our communities, and stop this horrific cruelty.

Hearing Scheduled – Both hearings for the Dog Fighting bill (S.B. 360/H.B. 542)) are next week, on March 12th at 1:00 in the Senate and on March 14th at 1:00 in the House. JOIN US to show your support!

Tuesday, March 12th at 1:00
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Thursday, March 14th at 1:00
House Judiciary Committee
House Office Building
6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Sponsored by Senator Simonaire and Delegate McConkey please contact Senator Simonaire's assistant, Joan Harris, at 410-841-3658 or if you'd like to provide written or oral testimony in support.

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JOIN US! Final hearing for Voluntary Low-cost Spay/Neuter bill is Tuesday!

Hearing Update – The2nd and final hearing for the Voluntary Low-cost Spay/Neuter bill (H.B. 767/ S.B. 820) is March 5th at 1:00. JOIN US to show your support for the bill.  Let's pack the room again - for the sake of the 45,000 animals euthanized in Maryland shelters every year.

Tuesday, March 5th at 1:00
Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee
Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Sign the Spay/Neuter petition HERE.   Send an email to your legislators HERE.

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Humane Lobby Day Huge Success!

Record number of Maryland animal advocates lobby lawmakers to protect animals

Maryland citizens concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day in Annapolis on Thursday to lobby for animal protection laws. Humane Lobby Day 2013 is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Maryland Votes for Animals.

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7 Facts about the Spay/Neuter Bill

Just the Facts about the VOLUNTARY LOW-COST Spay/Neuter Bill (SB 820 / HB 767)

The floor of the House and the Senate EHEA committee will be voting on the Spay/Neuter bill in the next few days! That means we've got just a few days to counteract DIS-INFORMATION and get the truth out about the bill – what it does and what it does NOT do. Who pays for it and who DOES NOT pay for it.  What it costs and what it DOES NOT cost.  Get the FACTS here INSTEAD of from the pet food industry who is working against this life-saving bill! 

Fact 7 –

Tragically, 45,000 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies are euthanized in Maryland's shelters every year, despite the best efforts of shelter professionals to place as many animals in homes as possible.

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