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Legislation to speed up cat adoption passed in Erie County

Photos: This place is known as 'The City of Cats'
Posted at 9:53 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 21:53:32-04

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Tuesday, the Erie County Executive signed into law the Feline Adoption Promotion Act.

The law shortens the mandatory waiting time for cat adoptions in Erie County to three days. The legislation was sponsored by Erie County Legislature Chair Peter Savage.

"This law is truly in the best interest of both our local shelters and the animals they selflessly care for," Savage says. "Cats are now able to be adopted, transferred to rescue programs, and treated for sickness faster."

Erie County's SPCA President and CEO Gary Willoughby said, "This legislation will allow us to prepare stray cats for adoption more quickly, reducing their time in cages, where they risk getting stressed or sick. It also allows us to reduce our waiting list when other cats need to come to our facility. In the end, we will be able to help more cats get the medical care they need and find new, loving homes in our community."

The local law will go into effect immediately upon its certification by the New York Secretary of State. Many local governments have already taking these measures for dog adoptions.