(your name) (your return address) (your city, NY, zip code) Dear Assemblyman/Assemblywoman/Senator ________: This

letter is to express my support for S05363A, which is the Companion Animal Adoption & Rescue Act (CAARA). Currently, shelters in New York City face overcrowding, and every day, a large number of animals are placed on a ³kill list.´ Unfortunately, current law and regulations have not been satisfactory in the care and protection of shelter animals of New York. For example, the Department of Health blatantly disregards Administrative Code § 17-803, which requires each borough of New York City to have its own full service animal shelter. And yet, Queens and The Bronx have not been provided with such shelters. However, lawsuits against the Department of Health for its violation of § 17-803, have been fruitless (e.g., please see, Matter of Stray from the Heart, Inc. v. Department of Health & Mental Hygiene of City of N.Y.). Perhaps through CAARA, despite not all the boroughs being provided with shelters, the City can resolve overcrowding. For example, CAARA will require shelters to transfer stray animals to rescue groups during the hold period to free up space in the shelter. CAARA also will require shelters to publicize the animals who are being housed. Shelters must check the microchips of stray animals and post on the Internet any stray animals entering the shelters. By communicating to the public in this way will drastically reduce the number of animals being killed at the shelter because it is more likely that pets will be reunited with their owners. Furthermore, CAARA supports administrative transparency in shelter operations; convenience killing must be stopped, and statistics concerning the amount of animals killed must be made public. Finally, and most important, CAARA will prevent the indiscriminate, unnecessary killing of the shelter animals beyond the City. The approximate number of animals who will be saved per year throughout the state would be 25,000 or more. I hope that I can count on you to support this important legislation. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Respectfully, (your signature here)

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