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Modifications to Sterilization Requirements for Cats & Dogs

Concerning modifications to the exemptions from the sterilization requirement under the "Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act".
2024 Regular Session
Bill Summary

The "Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act" prohibits any animal shelter or pet animal rescue (facility) from releasing a dog or cat to a prospective owner unless the animal has been sterilized, except in cases in which sterilization would jeopardize the life or health of the dog or cat. A facility in an area with limited access to licensed veterinarians may be granted an exemption from the sterilization requirement by the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner). The bill:

  • Removes the exemption from the sterilization requirement due to the health of the animal; and
  • Prohibits facilities that import unsterilized dogs or cats into the state of Colorado from receiving an exemption from the commissioner.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details