100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced 2/10/2017, by Sen. Linda Holmes
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Research Dogs and Cats Adoption Act. Provides that 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. Provides that a research facility shall make
reasonable efforts to offer for adoption a dog or cat determined to be
suitable. Provides that a research facility that provides dogs or cats to
an animal adoption organization is immune from any civil liability under
the Act except for willful or wanton misconduct. Requires research
facilities to have a research facility adoption policy made available on
the facility's website. Defines "research facility".
A BILL FOR
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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