New Hampshire Lawmakers Decide Whether Cats With FIV Can Be Adopted
Activists are hoping that legislation that allows FIV positive cats to be moved within the state of New Hampshire will be passed.
The New Hampshire state budget will be voted upon on Thursday, and a provision that will allow shelters and rescue organizations to transfer cats diagnosed with feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is back in the bill after Senators removed it last month.
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Animal advocates have pushed for this provision, as it removes the current law that prevents shelters and rescue organizations from transferring pets with contagious illnesses. Under the current law, shelters or organizations either have to care for such cats indefinitely or euthanize them if they can’t get them to a state that will allow such transfers.
Lindsay Hamrick is the New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society of the United States and she says that those specific illnesses pose no risk to humans or other animals. More, the transmission rate among other cats is low, and the issue is urgent as there are cats who have been diagnosed positive and need to be put in positions that they can be adopted and cared for.
The provision was removed because some officials felt it would be better addressed in a separate bill, and not as part of the budget, but when advocates educated lawmakers, and flooded legislators’ emails and phones with support, they put it back in for the vote on Thursday.