Monday, April 16th – PA Lobby Day for Animals Schedule

Advocates Lobby Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Protect Animals

Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States.

WHERE: Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, 501 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17120

WHAT: This year Humane Lobby Day attendees will be advocating for additional animal protection laws to build upon the historic passing of Act 10 of 2017, dubbed “Libre’s Law”. They will speak with legislators about protecting PA consumers from fraud and animals from the atrocities of puppy mills by passing bi-partisan supported Anti-Puppy Retail Sales bill to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits unless sourced from rescues and shelters.

WHY: Pennsylvania citizens participating in Humane Lobby Day will meet with lawmakers to appeal for more animal protection laws. Dogs, cats, and rabbits are the heartbreaking victims of inhumane and cruel puppy mill facilities that house animals in small, uncomfortable, and unclean cages without providing exercise, medical attention or treatment, or socialization with other animals or people. Consumers also fall victim of puppy mill operations by unknowingly purchasing sick, congenitally vulnerable, and behavior problem-prone puppies from retail shops and outdoor venues purposely and covertly misrepresenting the health and origins of the animals they are purchasing.

Advocates are once again poised and ready to make sure their voices are heard on behalf of those who have no legislative voice–the animals of Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 16, 2018

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Briefing for attendees including constituents and media (Media Center)

• Welcoming remarks from Kristen Tullo, PA State Director of The HSUS and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17)

• Introduction of Puppy Retail Sales bill by Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-37) and Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-46)

• Introduction of Canine Special Guests

o Libre, the miracle rescued dog and canine lobbyist who inspired Libre’s Law

o Aladdin, a rescued dog who now serves as a certified therapy and crisis response dog

o Judge, a trained arson K-9 from the Allentown fire department (representing State Farm)

o Yankee, a puppy mill survivor (A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue)

o Alfie, a puppy mill survivor (Finding Shelter Animal Rescue)

o Tilly, a puppy mill survivor (Main Line Animal Rescue)

o Happy Boy, a puppy mill survivor (representing Humane Society of Harrisburg area)

• Presentation of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Resolution & Ribbons by Rep. Hill-Evans (D-95)

• Presentation of Volunteer Leader Awards by Kristen Tullo and Emily Spivak of The HSUS

o Volunteer State Council Member of the Year, Elissa Katz (PA-13)

o Volunteer District Leader of the Year, Natalie Ahwesh (PA-14)

o Volunteer Deputy District Leader of the Year, Karen Winkler (PA-8)

o Volunteer Team of the Year, Humane Action Lancaster, HSUS-PA District Leaders (PA-16)

o Volunteer Administration Leader of the Year, Anita Sardo (PA-11)

11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Constituent advocates from across PA will meet with legislators (Capitol Building)

1:00 p.m. Rally with legislators, advocates and canine guests from across the state (Capitol Steps); In case of rain (Media Center).

• Remarks from Sen. Richard Alloway (R-33) and Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19)

• Presentation of Humane Heroes of the Year Awards with Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) Libre, Aladdin and Bulmers:

o Humane Officer “Team” of the Year – The Pennsylvania SPCA (PA-2)

o Humane Officer of the Year – Officer Ron Hollister (PA-11)

o Law Enforcement of the Year to Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman (PA-16)

• Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-3) remarks and presentation of Humane Legislator of the Year – Rep. Frank Farry (R-142) and Bulmers, the “PA Capitol Dog”

1:15 p.m. Group photo on Capitol steps with legislators, advocates and canine guests from across the state