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Animal Shelter/Animal Control

Bills that influence animal shelters, animal control officers, dog licensing, and animal identification.

  • A.60, A.221, A. 6390; A. 6936/S. 5978; S. 6191 Provides a tax credit for adopting companion animals from a shelter.

  • A. 2976 States that dog license applications must provide space for voluntary contributions to municipal shelters and shelters under contract with municipalities.

  • S. 233 Prohibits people who have been convicted of cruelty to animals, animal fighting, or abandonment from working at an animal shelter.

  • S. 3148 Requires the Department of Agriculture and Markets to develop and maintain a database of lost and found domestic animals.

Contact Your Representatives

To help take action on any of these or other animal protection bills pending before the NYS Legislature, use the methods below to reach lawmakers.

  1. Your Assembly member and New York State Senator

    If you do not know their names or contact information, go to  and If you provide your address, you can get this information. In your communication, mention that you are a constituent and include your address.

  2. Senate and Assembly Leadership

    Name: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Majority Leader
    Phone: (518)455-2585
    Fax: (518)426-6811;
    Address: Room 907, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247

    Name: Carl E. Heastie, Assembly Speaker
    Phone: (518)455-3791
    Fax: (518)455-4812
    Address: Room 932, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248