ISAR’s Legislative Efforts

i January 16, 2021

Earlier this year, ISAR was encouraged to see cities and municipalities in the United States introducing and enacting legislation to protect animals.

For example, in an effort to reduce the strain on the public animal shelter and reduce the rampant pet overpopulation problem in Natchez, Mississippi, local government officials considered legislation that required residents to spay/neuter their pets.

To assist them in drafting their ordinance, ISAR provided the members of the Board of Alderman with our Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute.  

ISAR’s model statute requires the spaying and neutering of all dogs and cats regardless of source and would dramatically reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats who, through no fault of their own, have an adverse impact on the public health, safety, welfare, and environment.

In the Fall of 2019, the city of Waco, Texas proposed legislation to ban the retail sale of pets.  

ISAR was pleased to provide the city council of Waco, Texas with our Model Statute Prohibiting Retail Sales of Dogs and Cats to guide them in drafting an ordinance that would prohibit pet store sales of dogs and cats sourced from puppy and kitten mills while allowing stores to offer dogs and cats that come from animal shelters or an animal welfare group. 

Additionally, in early January, ISAR posted our “Don’t Breed or Buy While Homeless Animals’ Die” billboard in downtown Waco, just blocks from city council headquarters in the weeks leading up to a vote on the legislation.

The ordinance banning the retail sales of cats and dogs was enacted in January of 2020.