Last October I adopted George (see adorable photo) from a local rescue.
For me, the decision to adopt was driven partially by grief; I had recently lost a dog to cancer, and life felt empty without a canine companion.
But adopting a dog is a big decision,and a big responsibility. You have to think about leash laws, bite laws, what will happen if you get divorced or die…
Luckily there’s lots of animal law resources out there (hat-tip to our Acquisitions/Serials Librarian Kerry Skinner for putting together most of these resources!).
General Animal Law Resources
- The Animal Legal Defense Fund – covers the gamut of animal law topics; includes resources for pet owners, lawers and law students.
- Born Free USA (f.k.a. the Animal Protection Institute) – focuses mainly on wildlife and wild animals in captivity, but also tracks law and legislation.
- AnimalLaw.com, from the International Institute for Animal Law is “intended to serve as a clearinghouse for animal-related legal information, from pending legislation through relevant case law digests.”
- Michigan State University College of Law’s Animal Legal & Historical Center aims to be “a comprehensive repository of information about animal law”; contains an extensive dog law section.
Arizona Animal Law Resources
- The Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona aims to “promote the study and understanding of laws, regulations, and court decisions involving animals.”
- Animal Cruelty Task Force of Southern Arizona links to Arizona laws and lots of other resources.
- Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s page on Pet Laws has links to A.R.S. and other resources.
- The afore-mentioned Animal Legal and Historical Center contains the A.R.S. relating to dogs and animal bites as well as some local ordinances.
Law Library/ASU Libraries Resources – need to find resources in our library or other ASU libraries?
- Do a keyword search for “animal law” to view resources in the ASU libraries catalog (includes several online resources), or limit the search to just resources in the Law Library.
- Do a subject heading searching the ASU libraries catalog for subject headings such as:
- Animal Welfare
- Animals — Law and legislation — United States
- Domestic animals — Law and legislation — United States
- Search for city codes and ordinances in the ASU Libraries Catalog.
Need more help with these or other legal resources? Ask our reference librarians!
|And you’re looking for a hiking buddy…|
|…someone to hold your hand through rough times…|
|…or someone to just kick back with…|
…consider giving a shelter dog a second chance. Check out Petfinder’s list of animal shelters in Arizona to find adoptable dogs.