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AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Research Dogs and Cats Adoption Act.
As used in this Act:
"Animal adoption organization" means a non-profit
organization authorized to conduct affairs in this State,
incorporated for the purpose of adopting animals in need and
finding permanent, adoptive homes for the animals and licensed
as an animal shelter under the Animal Welfare Act.
"Attending veterinarian" means a person who is in the
employ of the research facility and who meets the definition of
attending veterinarian in regulations promulgated under the
federal Animal Welfare Act (9 CFR 1.1).
"Public funds" means appropriated and non-appropriated
funding from the State or federal government.
"Research facility" means an institution of higher
education located in this State that utilizes dogs or cats for
scientific, educational, or research purposes and receives
public funds for those purposes.
"Research facility adoption policy" means an adoption
policy for dogs and cats that details the specific steps that a
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research facility takes to provide for the adoption of a dog or
cat that is no longer necessary for scientific, educational, or
research purposes and that, in the opinion of the dog's or
cat's attending veterinarian, is suitable for adoption. The
policy shall apply only to dogs or cats owned by the research
Research dog and cat adoption.
(a) A research facility, after the completion of any
research involving a dog or cat, shall assess the health of the
dog or cat and determine whether it is suitable for adoption.
(b) A research facility shall thereafter make reasonable
efforts to offer for adoption a dog or cat determined to be
suitable for adoption, either through private placement or
through an animal adoption organization.
(c) A research facility that provides a dog or cat to an
animal adoption organization under its research facility
adoption policy is immune from any civil liability resulting
from the research facility's actions as described in this
Section, except for willful or wanton misconduct.
(d) Nothing in this Section shall create a duty upon an
animal adoption organization to accept a dog or cat offered for
adoption by a research facility.
(e) An attending veterinarian shall have the authority to
assess the health of the dog or cat and determine whether the
dog or cat is suitable for adoption.