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Denver Democrats - Animal Welfare - Polar bear
Denver Democrats - Animal Welfare - Dog
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Denver Democrats - Animal Welfare - Cat

Animal Welfare

Companion animals for unhoused persons should be protected.

Support spaying and neutering programs: Offering low-cost or free spaying and neutering services helps control the pet population and reduces the number of animals euthanized in shelters due to overpopulation.

Promote adoption from shelters: work with animal shelters and rescue organizations to encourage adoption instead of purchasing. 

Encourage responsible pet ownership through education campaigns to inform pet owners about proper care, training, and socialization for their animals. 

Create and maintain animal-friendly spaces: Denver should provide more parks, trails, and other public spaces where pets are welcome to help foster a sense of community among pet owners and provide opportunities for exercise and socialization for both animals and humans.

Support animal rescue and welfare organizations with fundraising and public private partnership. Promote funding or other resources to local animal shelters, rescue groups, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to animal welfare.

Enforce responsible breeding practices by implementing regulations or ordinances related to breeding.

Redouble commitment to investigate and address reports of animal cruelty and neglect, including collaboration with law enforcement and animal control agencies to ensure perpetrators are held accountable and animals are removed from dangerous or neglectful situations.

Encourage tax incentives for community agriculture and animal husbandry.

Denver can help ensure animal welfare by implementing and enforcing anti-cruelty laws, leash laws, requirements for pet vaccinations and licensing, encouraging pet adoptions, and providing friendly spaces for pets and owners.

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