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State Small Animal Laws

In many States gerbils and other rodents do not receive the same respect and protection under the law that a dog or cat do. Where there are laws covering housing, size, and the number of animal that can occupy a certain space for dogs and cats; often these laws do not extend to gerbils and other rodents. If we truly care enough about gerbils to own one then we should care about the laws that govern their humane care and treatment. Perhaps, each of us should take a look at the laws of our state, and if they do not adequately protect gerbils and all types of pets, we should consider speaking to our State Representatives. Laws can and have been changed by a few good people who have the guts to speak out!

This listing of States is just getting started. I live in the State of Maine, so it was the first to go up. If you would like to help gather the needed information to add your state to the list let me know. If you already have the information fill out the easy to use form below.

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California
Governing Agency: Animal Health Branch
Contact Animal Health:
Mailing Address
 

Phone Number
Fax

 
1220 N Street, Room A-107
Sacramento, California 95814

916-654-1447
916-653-2215

Restricted Animals

 
Governing Agency

Address

 
Phone Number
Fax

Website

Ferrets, Quaker & Monk Parakeets, Gerbils, Hedgehogs, Sugar Gliders

California Dept. of Fish and Game

1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California 95814

916-227-1305
916-651-8763

www.dfg.ca.gov/

Report Abuse:
Animal health technicians

Or contact your local

 
916-263-2610

ASPC or Humane Society

Laws that Govern Animal Welfare: California State Laws
Refer to section: 597
Find Your Legislators: Senate
Assembly
The Humane Society:
Pacific Grove
Sacramento
 
408-647-8897
916-366-2632
 

Maine
Governing Agency: Department of Agriculture
Contact the Department of Agriculture:
Mailing Address

 
 
Phone Number

Email the Commissioner

 
Deering Bldg. - AMHI
28 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0028

207-287-3871

agriculture.commissioner@state.me.us

Animal Welfare & Pet Store Inspection: 207-287-3846
Warden Service:
(Maintain a list of unrestricted exotics.)
207-287-5240
Laws that Govern Animal Welfare: Maine State Laws
Find Your Legislators: www.maine.gov/portal/government/legislature.html
The Humane Society:
New England Regional Office
 

Michigan
Governing Agency: Department of Agriculture
Contact the Department of Agriculture:
Mailing Address

 
Phone Number

 
Fax

Email

 
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909

800-292-3939
517-373-1104

517-335-7071

mda-info@michigan.gov

Animal Industry Division:
Phone Number
Fax

Web Page

 
517-373-1077
517.373.6015

Animal Industry

Laws that Govern Animal Welfare: Michigan State Laws
Find Your Legislators: Senate
House of Representatives
The Humane Society:
New England Regional Office
 

New York
Governing Agency: NYS Dept of Agriculture and Marketing
Contact the Department of Agriculture:
Mailing Address

 
Phone Number


Email the Commissioner

 
1 Winners Circle
Albany, New York 12235

518-457-3880
800-554-4501

commissioner@agmkt.state.ny.us

Counsel:

Phone Number

Email Counsel

www.agmkt.state.ny.us/CO/COHome.html

518-457-1059

joan.kehoe@agmkt.state.ny.us

Pet Dealer/Store Laws: www.agmkt.state.ny.us/petdealer/moreinfo.html
Pet Dealer/Store Complaint Form:

Email Form or Concerns to

www.agmkt.state.ny.us/petdealer/pdfs/complaint.pdf

Lora Vincent

Pet Dealer/Store Inspectors:
Ana Marie Colon
Patricia Famiglietti
Elizabeth Holmes
Wendy Sinisgalli
Quinton Smith
 
845-469-4639
585-343-0453
518-235-9440
631-839-0513
315-677-5228
Laws that Govern Animal Welfare: New York State Laws
Find Your Legislators: www.senate.state.ny.us/
The Humane Society:
Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
New York City
Governing Agency:

Mailing Address
(Administrative Office)

Phone Number

Center for Animal Care and Control

11 Park Place, Suite 805
New York, NY 10007

212-442-2076

Law Enforcement ASPCA :

Mailing Address

 
Phone Number

Web Site

Report Animal Cruelty

424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804

212-876-7700 ext. 4450

www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=hle

Animal Rescue: 718-649-8600
Pet Dealer/Store Laws: www.agmkt.state.ny.us/petdealer/moreinfo.html
Laws that Govern Animal Welfare: NYC Laws
 

Vermont
Governing Agency: Agency of Agriculture
Contact the Agency of Agriculture:
Mailing Address:
 

Phone Number

Email the Secretary of Agriculture

 
116 State Street, Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05620-2901

802-828-2430

steve.kerr@agr.state.vt.us

Pet Store Inspection:
Darryl Kheune
Ed Jackson
 
802-828-2421
802-828-2421
Laws that Govern Animal Welfare: www.vermontagriculture.com/animal.htm#rules
Find Your Legislators: www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/legdir2.htm
Humane Society: New England Regional Office

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