Legislative Issues

Massachusetts Legislative Updates

Massachusetts Legislative Resources

  • MSPCA – Legislative Affairs: The Legislative Affairs office of the MSPCA provides information about the latest legislative issues concerning animals. This link also includes information on how you can get involved in protecting animals by joining their Animal Action Team.
  • HSUS State Legislation List for Massachusetts: Update on state legislative activities being monitored by the Government Affairs Department of The HSUS. Provides links to electronic alerts to keep you up-to-date on hot issues in animal protection, State Action Alerts, and Federal Legislation.
  • ASPCA Advocacy Center:  sign up to receive alerts on MA issues.
  • Links to help you find your elected officials:

Massachusetts Laws and Regulations

Massachusetts Laws:

Many of the statutes pertaining to animals can be found in Chapter 272 (for animal cruelty) and Chapter 140 (for animal control).

Select Massachusetts Animal-Related Regulations (and policies):

Shelter/rescue regulations and policies: