On December 20, 2018 the Farm Bill was signed into law, which included the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act that provides funding to expand the availability of pet-friendly shelters and housing assistance for the companion animals of domestic violence victims. It also expands federal law to include protections for pets in interstate restraining orders. Click the link below to thank your senators and representative for passing the PAWS Act.
Our wounded warriors living with traumatic brain injuries, debilitating physical injuries, and emotional pain should be guaranteed access to the benefits trained service and therapy animals provide. Even with overwhelming bi-partisan support in the House of Representatives, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (P.A.W.S.) Act, which would provide grants of $25,000 to nonprofits approved by Assistance Dogs International (A.D.I.) to train and connect service dogs with veterans in need, failed to pass in 2018. Click the link below to encourage your senators and representative to re-introduce the PAWS Act in the new Congress.
There are 7,383 legislators serving in state legislatures around the United States plus 535 Members of Congress. After the 2018 mid-term election, more than 1,000 brand-new lawmakers will enter office. Take this opportunity to reach out to your lawmakers and educate them on the importance of the human-animal bond and therapy animals. Click the link below to send a message introducing yourself and Pet Partners to your senators and representative.