Newsflash

SB907 was introduced by Senator Yaw to create an advisory board to review any and all animal legislation prior to being forwarded to the legislators for consideration. This advisory board would also be tasked with reviewing and recommending changes to current existing PA State animal laws.
The advisory board is comprised of representatives from a variety of organizations that have an interest in animal welfare as well as animal rights.
To be truthful and transparent, simply put, it will be the battleground for newly introduced legislation as well as advocating changes in existing legislation.

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PFDC logoPFDC Statement on Victoria’s Bill

Senate Bill 234 and House Bill 1299 have been introduced, so here is why we DO NOT SUPPORT this proposal…

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A huge thank you to the members of the Penn Treaty Kennel Club for their donation of $750 to the PA State Animal Response Team for continued operations expenses.  With this donation, the total given to PASART by the PA Federation of Dog Clubs and its member canine organizations to $1600!  We are certainly doing our part to keep this vital emergency program in place for our dogs and their owners going forward.

Or change the leadership structure to elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary from the volunteer Board and have those officers run the daily operations of the organization.

The Federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security that funded the start up of the PA State Animal Response Team have dried up.  Unless and until there is another large scale terrorist attack or major natural disaster, we do not anticipate that focus will return to such civil defense matters.  As a result, PASART no longer has the ability to pay an Executive Director.  Mr. Joel Hersh continues in that position as a volunteer at this point which the PFDC finds totally unacceptable.

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Now the PA State Animal Response Team Needs Our Help!

After sheltering dozens of pets through recent ice storms, TS Irene, TS Lee and Superstorm Sandy, and many smaller disasters, a drying up of Federal grant funding endangers this vital effort.

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The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team and its County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) opened dozens of shelters...

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