To New York State Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County) whose bill to require all not-for-profit and incorporated animal shelters to register with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM).
According to a recent news article, a new law has passed in New York to ensure that organizations exempted from the Pet Dealer License will pay a $100 registration fee and abide by state documentation and vaccination requirements for dogs and cats imported into New York. The registration would include important disclosures, including contact information, and the number of animals transported per year, not-for-profit and federal 501(c)(3) status. The new law amends the Pet Dealer License exemption, which has sometimes been exploited by former pet dealers and animal “re-sellers” who have applied for not-for-profit status in order to avoid regulation by the state.
Requiring all nonprofit rescues to register and disclose if they were formerly a pet dealer will help the state identify those groups simply pretending to be nonprofit entities.
Take action. New York residents, thank Governor Cuomo for passing a law to protect the health and welfare of all dogs and cats looking for homes in New York!