Private animal shelter; a facility operates for purpose of finding permanent homes for animals. (HB156)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Private animal shelter. Clarifies that a private animal shelter is a facility that operates for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals or for any other purpose authorized in the animal care chapter of the Code. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/22/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100769D
12/22/2015Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/13/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub:
01/14/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB156)
01/18/2016Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/16/2016Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


David Gallivan writes:

Hurts animals

Debbie Cornell writes:

Orrock is an idiot. Repealing this bill will kill more animals that are helpless victims of morons like Orrock. Shelters and rescues should be given even more guidelines and support to ensure the animals they take in are treated with compassion and the goal of adoption, NOT EUTHANIZED. Hoping the good folks of Virginia see through this guy and kick him out of office, killing this bill as he pushes to kill innocent lives.

Mary Tully writes:

Kudos to Virginia legislators for recognizing that private animal shelters do not have to operate for the primary purpose of finding highly adoptable animals permanent adoptive homes to serve the animals of their communities.

Tom writes:

This bill allows animal shelters to operate for any reason they choose, including in PETA's case, to simply euthanize animals without an effort to place them- "highly adoptable," or not. I think we are better off without this language, but the status of sanctuaries, who do not have the mission of adopting animals, should be clarified.

Leslie writes:

Delegate Bobby Orrock, please discontinue sponsorship of bills H.B.156 and H.B.340, which seek to change the current definition of "Private animal shelter" from one that requires operation to be "for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals" to one that allows operations "for any other purpose". These amendments would open the door to unregulated animal experimentation, sale, and euthanization of healthy animals. It is publicly documented that you are receiving financial support from VAAS, the lobbying arm of PETA, which currently euthanises an average of 88% of the animals they intake. Your public explanation suggests that this change will have no effect, but it would, in practice, create an environment in Virginia where corporate profit eclipses animal welfare and where inhumane treatment is protected at the expense of healthy, adoptable animals.