Understand Our Positions on the Issues
As an animal welfare organization, Paws for Life responds to many animal-related issues. These position statements represent the opinions of the Rescue regarding animal welfare issues at the forefront of public interest. These statements are not policies. They serve as cohesive guidelines to represent the Rescue’s opinion regarding the humane and appropriate care of animals.
Animals in Education
Paws for Life recognizes that animal labs are currently taught in post-secondary education. We believe that current laws governing this use of animals must be strongly enforced. Stricter criteria must be developed to ensure the animals’ health and welfare with the ultimate goal of totally eliminating the use of animals in post-secondary education.
All animal studies should be carried out under the direct supervision of a competent instructor, and it is the responsibility of that instructor to ensure that the fewest number of animals are used and that every effort is made to eliminate suffering and death. The student must have the necessary comprehension of the procedure or study being conducted. Live animals must be maintained in a sanitary environment and receive humane care and socialization suitable to their species before, during and after any procedure. We strongly believe that classroom studies should utilize prior research and/or technological advances, rather than live animals.
Animals must be maintained in a sanitary environment and receive humane care and socialization suitable to their species. Each animal chosen must be appropriate for the age and maturity level of the students and adaptable to the classroom environment. The teacher must ultimately be responsible for, and carefully supervise, the care and handling of the classroom pet, as well as provide the pet a lifelong home, beyond its classroom involvement.
Animals Used in Entertainment and Advertising
Even though Paws for Life does not approve of circuses or rodeos, we do acknowledge their existence, and are committed to the establishment and enforcement of laws and a strong set of standards and procedures to ensure the humane treatment of all animals, with the ultimate goal of ending their use of live animals entirely.
Chaining or Tethering
Collaboration, Partnerships and Networking to Solve Pet Homelessness
Dog/Cat License Fee Differential
Dog/Cat Licensing Program
Paws for Life is strongly opposed to the fur industry. The pitiless fur industry mistreats and kills more than 50 million animals a year. The true scale of suffering wild animals endure for the fur trade is enormous. Buying fur or fur trim supports an industry that also kills millions of domestic dogs and cats each year. Many, perhaps half, of these animals are killed by fur factory operators and trappers specifically for fur trim. With many warm, fashionable alternatives available, there’s no reason to wear animal fur. Paws for Life specifically opposes Canada's cruel seal slaughter and promotes the boycott of Canadian seafood until the slaughter is stopped.
Paws for Life strongly opposes allowing owned cats and dogs to roam freely outdoors. Most local laws in Michigan state that all animals must be confined to the owner’s property unless under the physical control of the owner, such as by leash or harness. Allowing pets to roam freely outdoors is illegal, irresponsible and is not in the pet’s best interest.
Pets in Housing
Sale of Animals
Puppies produced in puppy mills are more prone to disease due to poor nutrition, inadequate medical care and the stress of being shipped long distances at a young age. Many puppies die during transportation. Puppy mill breeders generally ignore the behavior traits or physical problems of the parents. Through irresponsible breeding practices, congenital disorders or undesirable, and sometimes even dangerous, behaviors are passed on to the puppies.
Exotic animals sold or kept as pets may suffer cruel treatment during the process of capture, shipping and confinement. An animal cared for in a domestic situation from birth and released into the wild, most likely will not survive because it has not been taught natural survival behavior. Additionally, if these animals are released into the wild, they can alter the natural food chain causing potential extinction of native species. It is our firm conviction that wild or exotic animals are unsuitable as pets and cannot be properly and humanely maintained in a home environment.
Training Methods for Dogs
Transportation of Animals
Use of Animals in Research
Use of Assistance Animals
Zoos and Aquariums
Animal Adoption Programs
Paws for Life believes that animal care and control agencies, humane societies, all shelters and rescues should institute adoption programs that focus on placing pets with responsible owners who will provide a permanent home. A reasonable adoption fee should be required. All adoption programs should require animals to be spayed/neutered.