The Licensed Breeders program has acted as a crucial safeguard against cruelty for dogs and cats in commercial breeding facilities across Texas and has successfully stopped the cycle of cruelty before it starts in many instances. However, the Sunset Commission staff have recommended abolishing the Licensed Breeders Program, which will assuredly cause a resurgence of cruel puppy mill practices in Texas. Please use the form below to submit a pre-written letter asking Sunset Commissioners to preserve and improve this important program!
Pamela Campbell rsvped for Texas Puppy Mills: Saving the Program that Regulates Large-Scale Breeders 2020-07-31 17:19:52 -0500
THLN Executive Director, Shelby Bobosky, along with special guests Jaime Olin, THLN Legislative Chair, Monica Ailey, AIR President, and Lauren Loney, HSUS Texas State Director discuss navigating the legal landscape of large-scale breeding facilities in Texas. This webinar will include basic information on puppy mills, what led to the passage of the Texas Dog & Cat Breeder Act, and how you can help preserve it.
Whether you simply want to educate yourself on puppy mills or understand the Breeders Program better, THLN needs your help to achieve justice for dogs and cats in large-scale breeding facilities!
When you RSVP, you will automatically land on a page with the webinar.WHENMay 01, 2029 at 6pm
Take Action to Prevent Puppy Mills in Texas!
SIGN OUR PETITION: Tell Texas Legislators NOT to Eliminate Important Animal Protections!
The Texas legislature is preparing to gut the state program that prevents unregulated puppy mills. Since 2011, the Texas Dog & Cat Breeder Act has given the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) the right to regulate the conditions in large-scale animal breeding facilities. Without this Act, unregulated, large scale breeding facilities could likely become inhumane puppy mills producing dogs for profit in the cruelest conditions.
In 2011, THLN helped pass the Texas Dog & Cat Breeder Act to regulate the conditions in large-scale dog and cat breeding facilities. The law, the first of its kind in Texas, has prevented inhumane puppy mills with requirements and inspections of these facilities.
By law, Texas requires a "Sunset Review" of each state agency every 12 years to determine whether that agency should continue to exist. The state agency that oversees this Program, TDLR is currently under its “Sunset Review” and must be reauthorized by the Texas Legislature during the 2021 Session. Last month, the preliminary Sunset Review report recommended that this Program is eliminated.
How YOU Can Make a Difference!
We must remind Texas legislators of the importance of this Program.
Elimination of the Program means zero regulations for those profiting off puppies. The absence of even the most basic minimum care standards will lead to horrific puppy mills, causing thousands of dogs and cats will suffer a lifetime of neglect.
THLN’s goals are first to protect this incredibly important Program and then fix the existing loopholes to strengthen it.
NOW is the time for action. Please help us change the fate of thousands of animals in commercial breeding facilities by signing and sharing our Petition today. When you sign our Petition, your state representative and state senator will know you support the regulation of large-scale animal breeding facilities.
To ensure the Petition’s validity and efficiency, please include your full address so we can notify your state senator and representative of your support.
Texas residents only.
Thank you for signing!GOAL: 4,169 signaturesAdd signature
Updated Jul 21, 2020
Update: The Results Are In!
Thanks for supporting us with your vote! The primary runoffs are over, and here’s how our endorsements did:
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (District 27) - WON
Representative Eddie Rodriguez (District 14) - up for another runoff
Representative Roland Gutierrez (District 19) - WON
Justin Berry (District 47) - WON
Steve Hendrix (Van Zandt County Sheriff) - WONRead more
Pamela Campbell rsvped for Helping Texas Pets & Their People by Recognizing the Link 2020-06-13 17:51:39 -0500
Incidents of interpersonal violence are reportedly rising as a disturbing consequence of stay-at home orders and recommendations to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In this "Introduction to the Link" webinar, special guest Felicia Kerney, Chief of the Community Prosecution Unit, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, will be discussing the Link and understanding of the dynamic connection between animal abuse and the cycle of family and societal violence while looking at real Texas cases. We will also dissect how animal abuse interfaces with child, domestic and elder abuse.
When you RSVP, you will automatically land on a page with the webinar.WHENJune 30, 2029 at 6pm
Pamela Campbell published Texas Lobbying 101 - Getting Political for Animals! in THLN FREE Webinars 2020-06-13 17:39:23 -0500
Grassroots lobbying is one of the most effective ways for animal advocates to help pass animal welfare legislation!
Any animal lover can play a critical role in educating legislators on the animal protection issues impacting their communities. This interactive "Introduction to Lobbying" workshop will show how anyone can be a powerful voice for animals during the 2021 legislative session.
When you RSVP, you will automatically land on a page with the webinar.WHENJune 01, 2029 at 6pm
Apr 29, 2020
The Lone Star State Has Made Major Strides in Preventing Animal Cruelty.
“When I was a thoughtless boy, I took the life of a mother bird. I remember my father was greatly grieved and said, ‘Millard, do you realize what you have done? You have taken the life of a mother and have left her children to die of starvation in the nest. How would you like to have a great giant come along and kill your father and mother and leave you alone without food or care?‘ My father’s rebuke sank so deeply into my heart that since that day I never have taken the life of a living creature.”
-Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United StatesRead more
THLN has been inundated with questions surrounding COVD-19 so we decided to bring the experts to you. We are proud to host this FREE webinar entitled, "How COVID-19 is Affecting Texas Animals". This webinar is a Q & A styled informal discussion with the following representatives: past President and President-elect of the Texas Animal Control Association (both of whom are urban and rural shelter directors), a shelter veterinarian, a non-profit humane society and an animal emergency and response team.
When you RSVP below, you will automatically receive a confirmation email with the link to the webinar.WHENMay 01, 2030 at 6pm
Pamela Campbell canceled rsvp for Calling all young animal advocates...Let's Get Political for Animals! 2020-04-17 16:04:35 -0500
Do you want your child to know more about the legislative process while teaching kindness and empathy? THLN is proud to host this FREE webinar entitled, "How Kids Can Get Political for Animals!" This webinar will discuss laws that protect animals in Texas including local ordinances, how a bill becomes a law and the current bill we are working to pass that gives basic shelter to dogs that live outside. If you are interested in teaching your child advocacy, how to use his or her voice for others who have none and raising a humane child in challenging times, this is the perfect webinar.
The lesson is one hour designed specifically for kids ages 9-13.
We use a cross-discipline approach that combines social studies, politics, writing, and advocacy. Children trained to extend justice, kindness and mercy to animals become more just, kind and considerate in their relations to each other. Character training along these lines will result in more humane and law abiding men and women of broader sympathies. We'll conclude by asking your child to write a letter to their State Representative and/or State Senator. These letters will be shared on our social media so your child's compassion and advocacy can be seen and appreciated by animal advocates across the state.
Please note: We will talk about animal cruelty. Please trust your own judgement as to how your child will manage this. We seek to teach and discuss, and certainly not to traumatize.
When you RSVP below, you will automatically receive a confirmation email with the link to the webinar.WHENApril 30, 2031 at 6pm
You can help make Texas a safer place for animals by spending just a few minutes of your time during the legislative session. By signing up for THLN's Action Alerts and responding to them with calls and faxes to your legislators, you can help pass humane legislation that make a huge difference to animals in the state of Texas. Every phone call and fax helps!
Simply provide your information below and select how you want to stay in touch with us. Please check your email program to make sure your spam filters allow emails from the Texas Humane Legislation Network website.
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Pamela Campbell published Coffee, Donuts and Dogs - Argyle - Ticket Purchase in Coffee, Donuts and Dogs - Argyle 2020-01-10 21:58:44 -0600
Pamela Campbell published Passionately Fit's 1st Annual Fundraiser for Better Laws Against Animal Abuse - Sponsorship in Passionately Fit's 1st Annual Fundraiser for Better Laws Against Animal Abuse 2019-12-04 17:47:50 -0600
Passionately Fit's 1st Annual Fundraiser for Better Laws Against Animal Abuse - Sponsorship Opportunities
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Over the past 35 years, researchers have established significant correlations between animal cruelty and other family violence, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. This research on “The Link” confirms what professionals in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines have witnessed for decades – animal cruelty does not occur in a vacuum.
The mistreatment of animals is therefore no longer seen as an isolated incident that can be ignored. Instead, it is often an indicator of family violence (a “red flag” that other family members in the household may not be safe) or a predictor of future violent behavior by the perpetrator (research has shown that many serial killers and school shooters committed their first acts of violence against animals).
It is important for all responders and advocates in multiple disciplines to recognize abuse and understand the importance of cross-reporting suspected abuse.
THLN, in association with Heath Mobile Veterinary Services, a member of the North Texas LINK Coalition, has compiled cross-reporting information for human services and animal welfare professionals. For information about how to recognize and report abuse, please visit these links:
In addition, THLN can provide written resources and speakers for Texas agencies and organizations wanting to know more about the Link. THLN is a Founding Member of the North Texas LINK Coalition, along with the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Mazie's Mission, and several local human and social services agencies. The National Link Coalition's mission is to facilitate the North Texas area's recognition and understanding of the dynamic connection between animal abuse and the cycle of family and societal violence. The North Texas LINK Coalition provides online resources, training, and networking events across the DFW area. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More about the Link
The National Link Coalition is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative initiative to increase awareness and address public policy, programs and research. The Coalition’s goal is to stop the cycle of violence that often affects multiple family members. To achieve this critical goal, the Coalition provides information and resources through its website and lists upcoming trainings and conferences about The Link. It also collects information about federal, state, and local legislative efforts to address The Link, such as bills aiming to include pets in domestic violence protective orders, increasing penalties for perpetrators of animal cruelty, and allowing or mandating cross-reporting for human services and animal welfare professionals. The monthly National Link Coalition newsletter often reveals the life-saving importance of Cross-Reporting.
One example, a Florida woman brought her dog to a veterinary hospital. She quietly slipped a note to a staff member, asking her to call the police because her boyfriend had been beating and threatening her. The boyfriend was arrested and charged with domestic violence based on the report made by the veterinary hospital.
One time, Monthly and Annual donation options available. Your generous donation helps us to promote and advocate for humane animal legislation! Texas Humane Legislation Network does not require a membership fee, but we do rely solely upon donations to fund our important work at the Texas Capitol. Every dollar we receive goes directly to promote animal protection legislation and THLN is the ONLY Texas-based lobbying group for animals. Help us be their voice!
Handmade Dog Toys
Julie Arendt makes durable, stretchy, washable dog toys. For every dog toy purchased from the link below, she will donate $1 to Texas Humane Legislation Network. To purchase a dog toy now all you have to do is click on the button below, choose the desired size, and put https://www.thln.org in the comment section. Purchase dog toy(s) through her Etsy Store here.
Good Neighbor Program
If you shop at Safeway, Albertsons, Randalls or Tom Thumb, they will donate 1% of your grocery bill back to the Texas Humane Legislation Network. You will need to use their reward card in order to do this, but the rest is simple! To set it up, simply go to the Customer Service Desk in your local grocery store and ask to register for their Good Neighbor Program, making sure to specify Texas Humane Legislation Network as the recipient. Every time you swipe your Rewards card at check-out, 1% of your total bill will be donated to us!
Book a Vacation
Need to book a hotel for vacation? Winspire has some amazing hotel deals at up to 50% of retail value, and they will donate 30% of the value of your booking back to us! Please note that trips/hotels are on a first-come first-serve basis, and popular destinations go quickly. To check out their deals, and make a reservation, please visit www.Winspireme.com/Giveback and please make sure to mention 'Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN)' when making your booking so that we receive the 30% donation!
Do your regular online shopping through igive.com and they will send us a percentage of the value of your order (avg. 3%). Choose from over 2,100 online retailers such as PetCo, The Animal Rescue Site Store, Macys, Walgreens, etc. Just go to igive.com and register as a user, or log in if already a user, and then select Texas Humane Legislation Network as your charity!
Pamela Campbell published Be a part of the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) and volunteer! in Latest News 2019-09-05 19:03:34 -0500
Sep 5, 2019
If you’ve got a passion for animals and want to contribute to making a tangible difference in Texas, volunteer with us and become part of the most powerful network for animals in the state.
THLN depends on volunteers to help carry out our mission, which is to address unjust animal welfare laws and stop cruelty before it starts. With a variety of volunteer opportunities available, there is sure to be something that suits your interests, talents and schedule.Read more