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Act 90:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ambiguous

An Editorial by Monica Gardner
Operations Manager, Humane Society of Waupaca County, Inc.

This pup at Silver Lining Kennel seems to be saying, Get Me Out of Here!

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Happy shelter dog looking for a new home at a Jan. 2012 adoption day.       I've heard some of the whining about Act 90 and the worry about how it was going to affect shelters and rescues. Frankly, I don't see what the big deal is. I filed our application, printed off a copy of the rules and walked through our shelter with a critical eye. We made a few simple corrections, and waited excitedly to meet our inspector.

       On the day she arrived, she had another inspector in tow who was in the final stages of her training. Both were courteous and pleasant, and able to answer our questions. We were found to have one small violation, which was easily corrected, and not at all a burden on the organization. We already had a vet at the facility regularly, and that has been increased a bit to keep up with the Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVI's), but that's certainly not a bad thing, either! We've found our adopters to be happy a CVI accompanies each adoption. It gives them peace of mind.

This little shelter doxie found a new home at a Jan 2012 adoption event.       I personally think the greatest thing about this law is that it gives the consumer a way to sort the good from the bad. That's not to say that all who are not licensed are bad - but at least consumers can be pretty well-assured that if facilities ARE licensed, they're good. If there's any doubt in the consumer's mind, all he/she has to do at a licensed facility is ask to see a copy of the latest inspection report. Consumers can look that over for violations and decide for themselves. There are some facilities operating on a conditional license, meaning they're awaiting their initial inspection, or they've been inspected, but had violations that needed to be addressed. They may not be "up to par" by a consumer's standpoint, so it's important to know whether the facility has had its final clearance or is still in the process of compliance.

       As always, it behooves the consumer to be educated and know what questions to ask. Sure, there will be small legitimate shelters, rescues and good breeders who don't require licensing because they don't handle enough animals in a year. There is a great article on the No Wisconsin Puppymills site, Twelve Points to Identifying a Quality Breeder, that outlines what to look for in a quality breeder. Many of those points also apply to a quality shelter or rescue. While you're on that website, take a look around at some of the photos and stories - you will see why it's SO important not to support the puppymill industry!

        Thank goodness for Act 90!


 pawprint bullet point   Another Article in Favor of Act 90 (Pet Journal Magazine, Jan. 2012) pdf   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Act 90: DATCP Dog Sellers and Dog Facility Operators License List   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Act 90: Protecting Pets and People, From the Regulators' Viewpoint   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Act 90: What Happens During an Inspection?   pawprint bullet point

Miniature MinPin, surrendered to a reputable rescue by a breeder, looks for a home at a Jan. 2012 adoption event.

This miniature Minature Pinscher, checking out prospective adopters at a January 2012 adoption event, was surrendered by a "breeder" to a reputable rescue. If asked, he would probably also say, "Thank goodness for Act 90!" (By the way, that is not a typo -- this little guy was billed as a Mini MinPin!)

Editor's Note: a graphic example of the need for regulation to apply both to rescues/ shelters and to dogs being brought in from out of state can be found in the 17 January arrest of two women in Fayette Co., Tennessee. During a routine traffic stop, officers discovered 140 dogs and one cat, in terrible condition, crammed in carriers and make-shift cages stacked inside a filthy U-Haul truck, or riding in the minivan being towed by the truck. The driver was the founder of the California rescue Hearts For Hounds. Under investigation in California, the rescuers packed up their animals, intending to relocate to a larger facility in Virginia. For more details, please click on the links below:


Act 90/ATCP 16 Information:

 pawprint bullet point   Clearing Up the Confusion About WI's New Dog Seller/ Dealer/ Shelter Law   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   ATCP 16: Who Needs a License, Inspections, and Record-Keeping   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Questions and Answers for Rescues/ Shelters   pawprint bullet point   Dog Seller and Shelter Form Links   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Certificates of Vet. Inspection/Age of Transfer   pawprint bullet point   Certificates of Vet. Inspection FAQ   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   ATCP 16 Standards of Care (General)   pawprint bullet point   ATCP 16 Standards of Care, Indoor Facilities   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   ATCP 16 Standards of Care, Outdoor Facilities   pawprint bullet point   Transporting Dogs   pawprint bullet point

pawprint bullet point    Act 90/ATCP 16: Facts for Consumers   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   ATCP 16 Plain Language Factsheet (pdf)   pawprint bullet point   ATCP 16 Full Formal Language (pdf)   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   2009 WISCONSIN ACT 90 (pdf)   pawprint bullet point   DATCP Dog Breeders & Sellers Law web pages

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