The One Health Act is specifically designed to address zoonotic outbreaks by requiring the federal agencies whose jurisdictions include disease, animals, agriculture, the environment, and international trade to create a coordinated plan to prevent and respond to future situations like COVID-19 through the sharing of data, research and other assets to reduce bureaucratic inefficiency. Encourage Congress to support the One Health Act.
While increased awareness of animal rescue programs throughout the United States has significantly reduced the number of cats and dogs euthanized, more must be done. Urge Congress to pass HR 34 and create a day to honor animal adoption on the first Saturday of October every year.
There are 7,383 legislators serving in state legislatures around the United States plus 535 Members of Congress. After the 2018 mid-term election, more than 1,000 brand-new lawmakers have entered office. Take this opportunity to reach out to your lawmakers and educate them on the importance of the human-animal bond and therapy animals. Educate your lawmakers about therapy animals and the human-animal bond.
From children learning to read to seniors in residential care to individuals receiving medical treatments in clinical settings, therapy animals make a difference in people’s lives. However, therapy animals and their handlers who do not have sufficient training or screening can pose a risk. Help ensure that lawmakers understand the importance of therapy animal standards. Share information about standards that promote client and handler safety, as well as animal welfare.