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About Patricia Biswanger

Among other things, Pat Biswanger is an animal lover, a lawyer, a professor of law, and a grandmother. She is also executive director of the Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania and welcomes your comments, questions, and suggestions about the Federated: pbiswanger@pafederatedhumane.org.

Euthanasia-by-injection training, in Lancaster, February 28th – March 1st, 2019

We've received many inquiries about euthanasia-by-injection training, and are pleased to inform you about training being offered in Lancaster at the end of this month by Animal Welfare Management Services.  Please click here for more information!

By |2019-02-12T11:45:06+00:00February 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Euthanasia-by-injection training, in Lancaster, February 28th – March 1st, 2019

Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

Weather-related disasters such as floods and wildfires are occurring more frequently and with increasing intensity across the United States. While there is a federal law that requires state and local authorities to consider household pets and service animals in their disaster contingency plans, it doesn’t address hundreds of thousands of animals held in American businesses, [...]

By |2019-02-09T15:02:55+00:00February 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

UPDATE: New Humane Officer Training And Continuing Education Courses

As many of you know, for many years the Federated has provided new-officer training for Humane Society Police Officers ("HSPOs") as well as Continuing Education ("CE") courses for already-badged HSPOs.  We have received dozens of emails and phone calls asking about our plans for 2019, so we are writing now to explain the delay. Late in 2018 [...]

By |2019-02-06T17:25:04+00:00February 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UPDATE: New Humane Officer Training And Continuing Education Courses

Best in snow? Bill would make Labrador retriever Minnesota’s top dog

A Minnesota lawmaker says she wants to bring some joy and humor to the State Capitol this session by getting people talking about dogs. State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, unveiled legislation Tuesday to designate the Labrador retriever as Minnesota's official dog breed. During a news conference with some fellow lawmakers and some dogs, Ruud [...]

By |2019-01-30T16:15:39+00:00January 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Best in snow? Bill would make Labrador retriever Minnesota’s top dog

VICTORIA’S LAW: Pennsylvania’s Pet Retail Sales Bill

Victoria’s Law will drive the pet market in PA towards more humane sources by prohibiting the sale of commercially-raised dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, and increase transparency by requiring sellers to include identifying information in advertisements. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Senators Tom Killion and Andy Dinniman, and Representatives Jason Ortitay and Harry Readshaw [...]

By |2019-01-21T14:01:21+00:00January 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on VICTORIA’S LAW: Pennsylvania’s Pet Retail Sales Bill

California Forces Pet Stores to Sell Only Dogs and Cats From Shelters

California this week became the first state in the nation to bar pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they come from animal shelters or rescue groups. The law targets the controversial breeding facilities known as puppy mills or kitten factories, which often operate with little or no oversight and “house animals in [...]

By |2019-01-03T18:08:13+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on California Forces Pet Stores to Sell Only Dogs and Cats From Shelters

YES, YOU SHOULD WALK YOUR CAT

Today’s indoor cat is a tiger robbed of his dominion, a Lamborghini left idling in the garage. By David Grimm Mr. Grimm is the author of “Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship With Cats and Dogs.” About 13 years ago, my fiancée and I started to go for walks in our neighborhood. When we’d step out of the house, cars [...]

By |2018-12-06T22:37:01+00:00December 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on YES, YOU SHOULD WALK YOUR CAT

PROPOSED PUPPY RETAIL SALES BILL

SB 1154, introduced by Senator Guy Reschenthaler, will prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless sourced from shelters and rescues and require advertisers to include license numbers, which will deter non-registered illegal breeders. House companion bill HB 2601 was introduce by Representative Jason Oritay .  STATUS:  Please contact your state representative to say [...]

By |2018-11-19T12:48:25+00:00November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on PROPOSED PUPPY RETAIL SALES BILL