Friday, April 3, 2015

Debi Baker with Recycling Rover/Rainbow Ranch in Morse Missouri Is In Hot Water

Section 1983 to the Rescue

Complaining about inhumane conditions, abuses, or violations of law at shelters is a constitutionally protected right. As a volunteer, rescuer, or any other member of the public, you not only have the First Amendment right to speak out against abuses and violations of law committed by a government shelter, you have a constitutionally protected right to demand that the government correct the wrongs that are identified.

You also have a right to take photos at the shelter. You have a right to take video. You can criticize them on social media. It is illegal for them to make you sign a non-disclosure agreement as a condition of volunteering. And it applies to private SPCAs and humane societies if they have an animal control contract.

The No Kill Advocacy Center has a new, fully revised guide to protecting the legal rights of rescuers and shelter volunteers. It includes a sample letter to public officials, FAQs, how to find an attorney, and more. 

As always, it is available for FREE.

  • Download all 14 guides of our No Kill Advocate's toolkit by clicking here.

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