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Teddy's Law provides research animals adoption

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer State of the State Address, January 27, 2021 photo
Office of the Governor
Associated Press

Research facilities in Michigan that run tests on cats and dogs will have to offer the animals for adoption when the tests are done.

Last week Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Teddy’s Law. It’s named for a beagle who was part of a fungicide test at Charles River Laboratories near Kalamazoo. The company stopped the test after the Humane Society of the United States published an undercover report about it. Teddy the beagle was later adopted. Blake Goodman is the Humane Society’s Michigan director. He says in the past when the group has looked for homes for former lab animals...it’s heard from “thousands” of people.

Goodman says, “They want to provide those animals the lives that they always should have been living, the backyards that they should have been running around in the couches they should have been sleeping on. They want to provide that.”

Many animal shelters are crowded. But Goodman says shelters around the country work together to find space for animals.