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New health rules for animal groups could burden rescue efforts

THE GLOBE’S editorial about the state’s proposed health regulations for animal rescue groups, sent the right message (“Don’t overburden shelters,” Oct. 13). However, you overlooked one particularly problematic category of rules — those affecting foster homes affiliated with rescue groups.

Most rescue groups can’t afford a shelter or kennel. They rely on a network of volunteers to provide foster homes for their charges until permanent homes are found. The last thing animal lovers want is to put these rescue groups out of business. But that would be the unintended consequence of some of the proposed regulations.

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Being required to open one’s home to an animal health inspector is unappealing. And the rule prohibiting carpeting in areas where dogs are kept is absurd. Most people have carpeting in large areas of their homes, and most dogs would rather lie on a carpet than a bare floor. For older, arthritic dogs, uncarpeted floors are actually dangerous.

The greyhound rescue groups I’ve adopted from and the foster caregivers I’ve met are conscientious and knowledgeable. Why subject all foster homes to intrusive, misguided rules when a simple complaint process to identify the few offenders would suffice?

Pauline Bilsky


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