Sen. Linda Holmes
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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 2356
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2356 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
This Act may be cited as the
Research Dogs and Cats Adoption Act.
As used in this Act:
"Animal adoption organization" means any non-profit
organization authorized to conduct affairs in Illinois,
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.
"Public funds" means appropriated and non-appropriated
funding from the State or federal government.
"Research facility" means an institution of higher
education or corporation located in this State that utilizes
dogs or cats for scientific, educational, or research purposes
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and receives public funds, State or federal, for those
"Research facility adoption policy" means an adoption
policy for dogs and cats that details the specific steps that a
person can take to adopt 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 veterinarian is
suitable for adoption. The policy shall apply only to dogs or
cats owned by the research facility.
Research dogs and cats adoption.
(a) A research facility that owns dogs or cats for
scientific, educational, or research purposes shall have a
research facility adoption policy. The research facility
adoption policy shall be made available on the research
(b) The research facility adoption policy shall require
that the dog's or cat's veterinarian approve the dog or cat for
adoption prior to any adoption under the policy.
(c) The research facility adoption policy shall include
provisions pursuant to which an animal adoption organization
may be eligible to adopt and may seek the adoption of dogs and
cats from the research facility.
(d) A research facility that provides dogs or cats to an
animal adoption organization pursuant to a research facility
adoption policy may enter into an agreement with the animal
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adoption organization, including, but not limited to, a
confidentiality agreement, to protect the research facility
(e) A research facility that provides dogs or cats to an
animal adoption organization pursuant to its research facility
adoption policy is immune from any civil liability resulting
from the research facility's actions as described under this
Section, except for willful or wanton misconduct.
This Act takes effect upon