Associated Dog Clubs of

New York State



We are asking people to follow these links to the NY Senate's website, and let them know that Nay, you do not like these bills and would like to let your representative know to vote no when they come up for vote.



A new bill regulating dog trainers by requiring licensing.  The issue may affect dog clubs who provide training at their facilities as most instructors have not formally been trained.   Everyone should call, email, and mail (All 3 is better than just 1) to let your representatives know that this law is not something we want.


Go to each link above. When you do, in the lower right corner of your screen, a selection box will appear. Click "Nay"


The first time you do this, you have the option of setting up an account. I recommend that you do this. Then you are logged in and all you have to do for the remaining bills and anything in the future is click "Aye" / "Nay" as appropriate.


Click on each link above and click NAY now! Please share with all your dog friends


Thank you!


Each of these laws has significant ramifications to dog owners or breeders One law makes it a FELONY if your dog or cat happens to be outside during a thunderstorm. One further advances the concept of being assumed guilty and you need to pay in advance if your dogs are seized, even before charges are filed. One is care standards that are unreasonable. One is wrong in every paragraph. You can read the text of each bill when you go to the links above.









December 16, 2016


Introduced by Sen. KAMINSKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules


AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requiring the commissioner of agriculture and markets to establish licensing and educational standards for individuals providing canine training for non-service and non-police dogs


The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:


Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section 113-a to read as follows:

§ 113-a. Obedience training. 1. The commissioner shall by rule or regulation establish licensing and educational standards for individuals providing basic obedience courses to non-service and non-police dogs and their owners.

2. This section shall not apply to any dog that falls under subdivision nine, eighteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-five, twenty-six or twenty-seven of section one hundred eight of this article.

3. No person who is convicted of a violation of section three hundred fifty-one, three hundred fifty-three, three hundred fifty-three-a or three hundred fifty-five of article twenty-six of this chapter may be licensed to provide obedience training services under this section.

4. Licensees under this section are to maintain practices and facilities in accordance with animal control provisions under articles seven, twenty-five-b and twenty-six of this chapter and are subject to the enforcement of such provisions, by any constable, police officer, peace officer, dog control officer, animal control officer, or any officer or agent of any duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals as authorized under this chapter.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new;

matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.






Senator Phil Boyle announced that the 2017-2018 state budget includes $5 million for a Companion Animal Capital Fund.














lbany, NY - April 11, 2017 - New York State Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County) today announced that the 2017-2018 state budget includes $5 million for the creation of a Companion Animal Capital Fund. This first of its kind fund would provide humane societies, nonprofits, and municipal shelters with grants for capital projects through a competitive application process.




Senator Boyle said, “We’ve worked diligently for this funding opportunity which will allow for the better care of companion shelter animals, including dogs and cats, and provide more resources for those in our communities looking to adopt pets. I commend the NYS Animal Protection Federation, the Humane Society of the United States, and independent animal shelters throughout the state for their tireless advocacy on this issue. I want to also thank my Senate colleagues, especially Majority Leader Flanagan, the Assembly, and the Governor for passing a state budget that includes this fund.”




Nonprofit animal shelter facilities are often overcrowded and rely heavily on donations, and municipal shelters, funded by local governments, can also struggle financially. Currently, humane societies, independent animal shelters, and nonprofits do not receive direct state funding for the essential services that they provide to communities throughout the state. This Companion Animal Capital Fund will allow for high-quality capital improvements that are often too expensive for shelters to consider.




Libby Post, Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, said, “The need to invest in our state’s animal shelters tops $50 million for just 15 out of close to 90 shelters across New York. The Companion Animal Capital Fund gives us a good first step in solidifying the state’s commitment to the animals in our care. We are thankful to Senator Boyle for his leadership in the State Senate in shepherding this initiative to fruition. Shelters and their animals across the state will benefit greatly.”









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