The representatives of Congress spend their time passing bills aimed to help the American people. Two of these bills focus on therapy animals helping both veterans and abused women. Both Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (H.R. 2327), and the Pets And Women Safety (H.R 909) Acts of 2017 have bipartisan support and recognize the strength of the human-animal kinship. They are both appropriately dubbed—-PAWS Act. Each of these bills will help bring the curative skills of pets to the underprivileged.
U.S. Representative, Steve Cohen, of Tennessee’s 9th congressional district is spearheading both bills alongside the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. The goal of the bill is to provide assistance for servicemembers to acclimate back into non-combat life. It will help to expand funding for grant-funded service dogs. The bill has tons of support of veterans’ groups and 200 House co-sponsors.
H.R. 909 has similar support with 230 co-sponsors in the House and 20 in the Senate. This bill will provide funds for abuse shelters to accommodate pets for women living there. The American Humane Society reported that nearly 71% of women entering domestic-abuse shelters stated that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets. This bill can help enable women to bring their pets with them to an abuse shelter. This is a step in the direction that stops the pain and starts the healing.
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