Biden Signs Rep. Titus’ PAW Act Into Law
Protects Pets During and in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters and Emergencies
"This law will empower first responders and federal disaster response workers to help pet owners plan to keep every member of their family, even the furry or feathered ones, safe."
Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01), a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, issued the following statement after President Biden signed the Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act into law.
“Pets are an essential part of our lives,” said Rep. Titus. “No one should be forced to make the impossible choice between leaving them behind or evacuating to safety in the event of an emergency. This law will empower first responders and federal disaster response workers to help pet owners plan to keep every member of their family, even the furry or feathered ones, safe. It will also help people find and reunite with their pets if separated. Disasters are stressful enough; people shouldn’t have to worry about also losing their cherished pets.”
“No one should have to risk their lives because they refuse to abandon beloved pets before a natural disaster,” said Senator Peters. “This new law will help make sure that FEMA and first responders in Michigan and across the nation can help protect every member of our families – even the ones with four legs and fur.”
H.R. 7789, Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act:
Introduced in the House by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), original co-sponsor Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), co-sponsored by Reps. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Garret Graves (R-LA). Introduced in the Senate by Sen. Gary C. Peters (D-MI), original co-sponsor Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), co-sponsored by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL).
Find the PAW Act Introduction Press Release here.