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HB 379 by Representative Killebrew and SB 774 by Senator Gruters do the following:
Besides HB 379/SB 774, pet leasing prohibitions can also be found in SB 316 by Senator Taddeo and SB 1236 by Senator Farmer. (this is in the A’s bill package above)
HB 3 by Representative M. Grant and SB 1748 Senator Perry does the following:
This bill would remove pet retail sales ban ordinances that are currently in place and prevent the adoption of future ordinances. (ordinances that meet certain criteria would have to be reevaluated/ adopted every 2 years) To date 65 Florida municipalities have said ‘No’ to puppy mills by adopting an ordinance prohibiting pet retail sales and this bill would take that authority away from local governments.
Cross Reporting Child and Animal Abuse
SB 1214 by Senator Book
Law Enforcement Dogs
HB 67 by Representative Byrd and SB 96 by Senator Bean increase the penalty for offenses committed against police, fire, and search and rescue canines. Police horses were added. The group Canines United of Jacksonville spearheaded this bill.
HB 841 by Rep. Hogan Johnson and SB 976 by Senator Powell create the Care for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs program within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Provides funding for continued veterinary care for retired K9 officers/ law enforcement dogs. Solid bill that has been introduced, but not passed, for many years.
Shark Fins and Ray Parts - HB 99 by Representative Jacobs and SB 352 by Senator Gruters prohibit the sale of shark fins and ray parts. The purpose of the bill is to stop the flow of fins coming to FL’s points of entry and avoid supporting the global trade of fins. No shark fin sales = no purpose for finning.
Shark finning is already banned in Florida, but as other states ban the sale of shark fins, more fins are being imported into Florida.
Emotional Support Animals
HB 721 by Representative Killebrew and SB 1128 by Senator Diaz authorize housing accommodations to request written documentation verifying an individual's disability or disability-related need for an emotional support animal under certain circumstances and specify that an individual is liable for certain damage done by emotional support animal. The bills also prohibit falsification of written documentation or other misrepresentation and provide penalties.
Commercial Dog Breeders
HB 1409 Representative Avila provides minimum requirements for commercial dog breeders in FL. It requires minimum standards like adequate veterinary care, solid flooring in dog kennels, number of litters permitted per year and per lifetime of female dogs. It also specifies staffing requirements, shelter, feeding frequency, recordkeeping, lighting, indoor enclosure dimensions, retirement and more.
CAPA: Companion Animal Public-Private Partnership Act
SB 1202 by Senator Rader and HB 1095 prohibit animal shelters from euthanizing animals under certain conditions and requires animal shelters to release animals to rescue organizations under certain conditions.
This legislation would have significant unintended consequences and is contrary to sheltering best practices.
This bill gets introduced every year and never gets traction, but we always keep an eye on it. Unlikely it will get much support again this year.
HB 835 by DiCeglie and SB 666 by Senator Hooper define and redefine terms related to the practice of veterinary medicine.
Polk County, one of our largest counties in Florida, has the highest euthanasia rate in the state.
In a massive effort to change the odds for homeless animals, SPCA Florida, a 501(c)3 rescue and adoption center located in Lakeland, Florida has committed to generating a minimum 16% increase in animals saved this year.
To accomplish that goal, we need to pull an additional 4,000 animals from Polk County Animal Control (PCAC).
Four initiatives are in place.
The fifth initiative is YOU. We are asking all Florida nonprofit rescue organizations to Pull From Polk this year. Instead of pulling from other states, please consider Polk County Animal Control or SPCA Florida. We will deliver!
There has never been a better time to help the animals in our state. Please consider us for your small and large dog, cat and kitten needs. Thank you for your lifesaving support.
Call Randa Richter at 863.577.4608 or email RRichter@spcaflorida.org
Humane Society Naples Executive Director Sarah Baeckler Davis announced a $400,000 gift from Jennifer Conery to purchase, outfit and staff Collier County’s first mobile veterinary clinic. HSN plans to launch the clinic in 2019 with the goal of providing 10,000 surgeries, vaccinations and wellness appointments annually in low-income areas of the county.
Baeckler Davis said the new mobile clinic will allow HSN to work with community partners to help reduce feral cat populations by hosting trap-neuter-release events. In conjunction with the launch of the mobile clinic, HSN will begin providing low-cost or free preventative care services in some areas of the county.
“The best way to make sure an animal doesn’t need our shelter services is to keep her in a loving home,” Baeckler Davis said. “By providing preventative medicines and vaccines along with spay-neuter services, we can help keep animals healthy which will keep them at home with their families.”
Conery made the donation in memory of her beloved boxer, Paige, who was her constant companion for 13 years. She said she hopes her donation will provide the care needed to keep animals in their homes. Once it is completed, the clinic will allow for a dramatic increase in the number of animals HSN can treat each year to reach areas that don’t always have access to high-quality, affordable veterinary care.
“It’s just so exciting that they Humane Society is going to have this mobile clinic now,” Conery said.
Humane Society Naples was founded in 1960 to address a growing homeless animal population in Collier County. Its mission remains to shelter animals in times of need, to locate life-long homes and to promote responsible pet ownership through education, legislation and sterilization.
The organization has found homes for more than 100,000 animals. Each year the organization serves thousands of displaced dogs, cats and small mammals, by providing shelter and working with partner organizations to provide a strong safety net for Collier County’s animal community. Additionally, it serves thousands of client animals through the Humane Society Naples Veterinary Clinic.
For more information visit hsnaples.org
SPCA Tampa Bay is the only non-profit, animal welfare agency that runs an open-admission animal shelter, pet training facility and public veterinary center in Pinellas County. Our shelter in Largo cares for more than 8,000 animals annually that have been surrendered by their owners, along with injured wildlife.
SPCA Tampa Bay has cared for Pinellas County’s homeless pets for more than 75 years. It was founded in St. Petersburg in 1940, and it moved to its 10-acre campus in Largo in 1962. SPCA Tampa Bay returned to St. Petersburg when it opened a second location – the SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center – in 2016. It further expanded its programmatic reach in 2017 with the addition of New Dawn Animal Behavior Center at a third location in Clearwater.
SPCA Tampa Bay's CEO, Martha Boden, currently serves as President on FAAWO's Board of Directors.
Everyone needs sleep -- even pets. You might think your pet's sleep needs are similar to yours (as they may do most of their sleeping when you do), but the fact is animals have unique sleep needs and sometimes need help getting all of the rest they need.
The good news is animals are often flexible sleepers. They can adjust their schedule to sleep when you're resting, out of the house, or otherwise not likely to engage with them. But even flexible sleepers can struggle to sleep well sometimes, and you can offer help as a pet parent.
While most adult humans need somewhere in the neighborhood of eight hours of sleep each night, you can count on pets such as cats and dogs needing at least 12 hours of sleep. But it doesn't necessarily all happen at night.
Dogs often have a sleep schedule similar to human toddlers. They need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep each 24 hour period. However, puppies or elderly dogs, extremely active dogs or large breeds may need more than that. They may consolidate most of their sleep at night during your rest period, then make up the rest of their sleep needs with daytime naps.
Cats are known for their naps, and for a good reason: The average cat sleeps between 12 to 16 hours each day (more for kittens and elderly cats). And with that much sleeping, there's bound to be plenty of daytime napping. Like dogs, cats may adjust their schedule to yours. But generally, you can expect cats to be most active at dawn and dusk.
Pets may not need your help to sleep well. They may be able to rely on natural instincts and manage their own sleep needs. But if you notice your pet sleeping less than usual or acting tired while not getting the rest they need, you might need to intervene.
As flexible sleepers with natural instincts, you shouldn't be overly concerned with your pet's sleep, but too little or too much could indicate a problem that needs addressing. If you're worried about how much your pet is sleeping, talk to your vet about their sleep patterns and offer support for healthy sleep.
Jackie Kepler is a MattressReviews.net sleep professional. She enjoys sleeping with cats, but sleeps on a king size bed because she needs her space, too.
Florida Humane Lobby Day
March 12, 2019
The biggest day of the year for animals—and animal advocates—is almost here!
Please join the Humane Society of the United States and FAAWO for this exciting opportunity to discuss ways you can make a difference in the lives of animals. You'll also have the chance to meet with your legislators about puppy mills, local ordinances and preemption, the sale of shark fins and a cross-reporting bill.
No prior experience is required to get involved. We will provide the support you need to make the largest impact!
We will be joined by special guest speaker Amy Jesse, Director of Public Policy for HSUS's Stop Puppy Mills campaign.
RSVP today A light vegan lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, March 12
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Challenger Learning Center
200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Cost: $8 (Please email Kate MacFall at email@example.com if this creates a hardship for you.)
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. | Briefing for attendees and media
1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. | Humane Lobby Day, appointments with legislators
4:00 p.m. | [Optional] Happy Hour at Harry's Bar, 301 S Bronough Street
6:00 p.m. | [Optional] Red Dog Blue Dog Celebrity Bartender Benefit at Township, 619 S Woodward Ave.
REGISTER HERE for Humane Lobby Day
As the go-to pet experts across Central Florida, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does good things for dogs and cats and the people who love them. Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, our goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and sheltering.
More than 7,000 homeless dogs and cats will turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion and hope at our two animal shelters this year. Our highly skilled veterinarians will help and heal pets in our public veterinary clinics.
Innovative programs like the Pet Apartment Registry and Community Cat Initiative will work to decrease the number of surrendered pets and homeless animals in Central Florida.
Pet Alliance's Executive Director, Stephen Bardy, currently serves as the Legislative Chair on the FAAWO Board of Directors.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2018, Florida became the 41st state to ban greyhound racing. Eleven of the 17 tracks currently operating in the United States are located in Florida and will be shut down by the year 2020.
Greyhound welfare advocates celebrated as the votes came pouring in with 69% of voters choosing YES on Amendment 13. The battle to end this cruel sport has been waged for decades and the hard work of advocacy groups such as HSUS, Grey2K, ProtectDogs and more has finally paid off.
FAAWO is proud to have played a role in helping to spread the word in Florida and supports the broader message that this level of cruelty should not be tolerated in any state in our great nation.
From Orlando Sentinel, Kate Santich
The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Amendment 13 — a proposed ban on greyhound racing — can appear on the November ballot.
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