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Our Focus

Stray Dog Policy is a nonpartisan organization committed to bettering the protection and welfare of animals in the Midwest through lobbying, legislation, and supporting humane candidates to office. We are creating a cultural change in the Midwest to better animal protection and welfare, building trust and respect with state governments, and grounding our strategic approach in being evidence driven. 

Our organization’s impact is focused around four issues:

Puppy Mills

Breed-Specific Legislation

Greyhound Racing

Pet Cruelty and Neglect

Current Campaigns

End Puppy Mills

Ending Puppy Mills

The Midwest is commonly referred to as the "Puppy Mill Belt.” Missouri and Iowa are the worst offenders when it comes to the volume of puppy mills in operation, but Kansas isn’t far behind.

We are working towards better enforcement of pet breeders, stronger definitions of animal cruelty, and ending the puppy mill to pet store pipeline.

Ending Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)

BSL is based on misinformation, is difficult to enforce, wastes taxpayer funds, and helps perpetuate an unnecessary homeless pet population.

Our communities deserve the right to pick the dog they want for their family, without having to worry about laws stereotyping dog breeds

Ending Greyhound Racing

In forty-one U.S states, commercial dog racing is illegal. In five states, including Kansas, all dog tracks have closed and ceased live racing, but a prohibitory statue has yet to be enacted. Only four states have legal and operational pari-mutuel dog racing, but many are closing due to financial loss.

It’s time the laws in the Midwest protect these docile animals.

We inspire to educate our communities, empower them to be politically involved and take action on behalf of animals.

Evaluate Candidates

Before an election, find out more about the candidate's values. If animal welfare is an important issue to you, contact each state candidate that is running for office in your district to ask them if animal welfare is important to them.

Get to know the bills

Our team will update you on priority legislation in your state prior to each session. We monitor all animal-related bills and alert you when to take an action. 


In order to be the voice for animals in need, use our tips for successful lobbying to learn how to effectively communicate your concerns with elected officials.

Success to Date

For three years, defeated the reinstatement of greyhound racing in Kansas.

Provided guidance to the Kansas Department of Agriculture to allow for the adoption of FIV+ cats in the state.

Spearheaded the passing of Kids and Pets Left in Hot Cars Bill, now law, in Kansas.

Ensured unannounced facility inspections, and no-show and failed inspection fees for commercial animal breeding facilities in Kansas.

Ensured less burdensome inspection fees for Kansas animal shelters and rescues.

Strengthened the law to help local governments and law enforcement recover the cost of animal care in cruelty cases in Kansas.

Amended the law to prohibit animals from being returned to or remaining with a person found guilty of animal cruelty in Kansas.

In Missouri, defeated dozens of disastrous animal-related legislation in our first year being present at the state capitol.

In Iowa, helped to spearhead the passing of House File 737 to enact felony charges for animal torture for domestic dogs and cats.

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Stray Dog Policy is committed to protecting animals in the Midwest. Learn more about our current initiatives in each state and how you can help!

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