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Help amend current rabies vaccine requirements for cats and dogs

02/14/2019

A bill has been introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives that would amend current Washington requirements for rabies vaccines in household pets. 

As we all know, current regulations require dogs and cats (and other household pets) to be revaccinated every 3 years, and we know most pets remain protected much longer. House Bill 1741 would allow for a positive antibody titer to meet rabies vaccination requirement statewide. 

Here’s what you can do to help this law pass: click the link below to the Washington state legislature site and select “comment on this bill” to voice your support.  You will need to enter your address to confirm your district. You may opt to do this twice using your home address first then the address of your practice next, as they may be different districts with different representatives. You can then type a message to send. 

 https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1741&Initiative=false&Year=2019

 This portal restricts your message to a 1000 character limit, but you can also send a message of any length to any Representative via their actual email addresses, which you can find in this roster

 https://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members/House

 The bill was referred to the Public Safety Committee. Here are the members of this committee, 

 http://leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/PS/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx

 It does help to get the bill traction to email committee members.  If this legislation progresses, there will be a public hearing at the Capitol with an open comment period for the public to voice their support or opposition. Please consider watching this bill and attending a hearing if so. The more veterinary professionals writing in support the better will help move this bill along. Pet owners are also needed, so feel free to let your clients know about this bill as well. Personal stories of how over vaccination has affected your patients or your own pets is also helpful to include when writing legislators. 

 Thank you for your support and let’s get this bill passed! If you have any questions you can reach out to Leah Houser at leah@informedchoicewa.org

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