Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Texas Humane Legislation Network?

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We are a grassroots, nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals through legislation, education and advocacy. Since 1975, we have returned to the Texas Capitol each legislative session to pass good bills for animals, and defeat bad ones. Click here to see our Legislative Victories.

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What do we do?

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Our primary focus is lobbying for animal protection at the Texas Legislature. In addition, we do educational outreach to inform the public about animal welfare issues. We also evaluate legislators on their voting records, and endorse political candidates who show themselves to be strong on animal welfare issues.

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What does it mean that we are a 501(c)(4) nonprofit?

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As a 501(c)(4), we are unique in that we are able to act as a political voice for animals across Texas.  This allows us to engage in unlimited lobbying as it relates to animal welfare.  Please note, because we are a lobbying organization, contributions to the Texas Humane Legislation Network are not tax deductible.

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Do we have the authority to seize animals in distress?

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No, we do not have law enforcement powers, therefore we cannot seize animals.  If you believe an animal is being abused or neglected, report the situation to your local law enforcement or municipal animal services agency as soon as possible.

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Can we remove animals from hoarding situations?

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No, we do not have the legal authority, equipment or personnel required to remove animals from hoarders. If you believe animals are being hoarded, report the situation to your local law enforcement or municipal animal services agency as soon as possible.

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Can we assist with emergency animal evacuations?

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No, we do not have the equipment or personnel necessary to assist animals during natural disasters or other emergencies. For assistance with emergency animal evacuations, contact your local first responders, municipal animal services agency or humane society as soon as possible.

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How do I report animal cruelty?

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If you believe animal cruelty is taking place, or has taken place, contact local law enforcement as soon as possible. Be prepared to give details regarding the location, type of animal(s), and date(s) involved. 

To download more information on procedures for reporting animal cruelty click here.

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How do I report dog fighting?

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If you suspect dog fighting, call the Dog Fighting Hotline at 1-877-847-4787. The hotline is operated by the Humane Society of the United States and is answered 24/7.

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What is a puppy mill?

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A puppy mill is a commercial dog breeding operation where profit takes priority over the health and well-being of the breeding animals and their offspring. Typically, but not always, puppy mills are large scale operations closed to the public. Since the passage of HB 1451, large scale commercial dog breeders (as well as large scale commercial cat breeders) operating in Texas must obtain a license, maintain a standard of care for their animals, and pass periodic inspections. Prior to HB 1451, there was no state law regulating such facilities; thus conditions and treatment of the animals used for breeding in these operations went sight unseen.

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What is a large scale commercial breeder?

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Under Texas law, any dog or cat breeder who has 11 or more breeding females and sells 20 puppies or kittens a year is a large scale commercial breeder and thus, they must be licensed.

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How do I report a puppy mill?

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To report a suspected puppy mill, contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) at 800-803-9202.  You may file an online complaint for 1) unlicensed activity or 2) code violations by clicking here and selecting Dog or Cat Breeders.

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Does the Texas Humane Legislation Network provide spay/neuter services?

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We do not provide spay or neuter services. Since the passage of HB 3250 - commonly known as the Animal Friendly License plate fund - money from the sale of those vanity license plates fund spay/neuter programs across Texas. For more information on affordable spay/neuter programs in Texas, go here.

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Is the Texas Humane Legislation Network No-Kill?

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As a practical matter, since we do not operate a shelter, we are not in a position to make decisions regarding the euthanasia of individual animals. From a philosophical standpoint, we believe it is important to work with stakeholders who hold a variety of viewpoints, including shelter managers, animal control officers, rescue groups and veterinarians in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for shelter pets. While some stakeholders have incorporated the term “No-Kill” into their name and branding, others engaged in the same efforts have not while achieving the same results. We are less concerned about the specific name a stakeholder goes by, and more concerned about achieving real protections for shelter pets.

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What are the current Texas Animal Laws?

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For all questions regarding current Texas animal laws, please follow the links below:

Current Texas Animal Laws

Laws that Affect Animal Shelters

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How can I find my legislators?

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Click here to find out who represents you.

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