ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation requiring cats and dogs used for research by higher education institutions to be offered for adoption through private placement or shelter organizations.
The legislation will also allow research facilities and adoption organizations to enter into a long-term adoption program to adopt cats and dogs on a rolling basis.
“This is a humane law that, for these animals, provides the opportunity for a new lease on life,” Governor Cuomo said. “Dogs and cats are like members of the family for many New Yorkers and this action will allow for more four-legged friends to be adopted into a caring home.”
The governor’s office says the legislation will save countless dogs and cats by placing with authorized organizations who will manage their care and ensure their well-being throughout the adoption process.