National Animal Abuse Registry in the Works



Plans are in motion to create the first national "Do Not Adopt" registry for convicted animal abusers in the United States. The database is under construction through the Animal Legal Defense Fund out of Cotati, California, and its goal is to prevent abusers from acquiring more animals, whether from a shelter, breeder, or off the internet.

A spokesperson for ALDF made clear that the database would not be a mechanism for publicly shaming offenders, and that its only intention is preventing animals from falling into the hands of prior abusers. The registry would be available to the public so that the information was accessible not only to adoption agencies, but also to private citizens who are looking to rehome their pets.

The "Do Not Adopt" database is expected to be operational by the end of the year, and each individual state will have the ability to "opt-in" to the database.

Although it may never be possible to completely eradicate animal cruelty, neglect, and abuse, programs like this abuser database will make it more difficult for offenders to gain access to potential targets. It also gives adoption agencies some peace of mind as to who they are adopting their animals to. Unfortunately, many cases of abuse and neglect go unreported and are never prosecuted, so local communities will need to continue to work together to keep animals out of the hands of abusers. Although it's not a comprehensive way to end animal abuse, the "Do Not Adopt" registry is certainly a step in the right direction.

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Would you like to see your state opt-in to the "Do Not Adopt" registry? Leave your comment below. 
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23 thoughts on “National Animal Abuse Registry in the Works

  1. Vicki Cousins

    Yes, I would very much like Oklahoma to opt in. I don't have anything to say about it to make it happen, but I would hope common sense would prevail and Oklahoma would opt in. Thank you for creating this list. It is desparately needed.

  2. Christine Lindquist

    I am originally from Upstate NY but now live in Maryland. I would like all 50 states to opt-in as these animals need protection from abusers.

  3. Wiebke Lips

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this initiative! I adopted one of my Lab girls earlier this year after she was picked up by Animal Control twice within two months. She was picked up for the first time by Animal Control in January and micro-chipped; she was then adopted by a family in January and abandoned. When the family was called after my girl was picked up again in late February (completely emaciated), they responded "we did not want her anymore." She is the sweetest dog EVER, and I am hoping that these types of people will not be able to adopt ever again.

    Thank you!!

  4. Margaret Walker

    Absolutely! Animal abuse MUST be stopped, from puppy mills to fighting to hoarding. I'm all for a registry accessible to anyone!

  5. judith carter

    YES !! I live in the state of Maryland and would love to see that implemented here !! Please let me know if you have a petition you would like signed.
    Thank you so much

    Judith Carter
    Berlin, MD 21811

  6. Cathryn A Ciszek

    It needs to be open to everyone who may have a dog up for re-homing to check. Too many abusers hunt Craigslist and the papers for dog s for bait or pit fighting.

  7. Eva Noble

    I live in the state of Florida and I think this is a fantastic idea. One that should be implemented throughout the country. What a giant step for protecting our beloved animals. Same should go for humans abusing other humans! The only thing that could possibly make it better would be if they could not own any animal for any reason, not just if adopted. These people don't deserve the right to be in an animals presence or even breath their air!

  8. Deborah Nordby

    My name is Debbie, I am from Central New York & I would love to see this pass in New York state. I'm wondering if it does succeed in several states, would each state be able to see the others to prevent abusers from crossing state borders & adopting? That is my concern!

  9. lynn fredenburgh

    I think this is a wonderful to protect animals. It would reduce the number of drop offs to the shelters because fewer of the wrong people would get a dog and then lose it due to abuse. Reducing costs for the shelters by reducing volume and authorizations.

  10. Angelica Chakraborty

    I am glad to hear that this problem is finally being addressed and action is being taken of some manner.

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