2.0 Animal Adoption
Euthanasia is the primary means for the disposition
of animals at the end of a study; however, in some special cases
animals may be put up for adoption. To determine if adoption is
applicable to a protocol, refer to the guidelines and the description
of animals to be considered for adoption in section 2.3.0. of
The IACUC in consultation with the University
veterinarian(s) reserves the right to make the final decision
if adoption is applicable. Each request will be handled on a case
by case basis. Cases which cannot be resolved and decided by the
IACUC will be deferred to the Designated Institutional Official.
- Non-restricted Species. Those species
that do not have regulations place upon them which would restrict
adoption. For example, the Center of Disease Control
regulations on primates restricts their disposition as stated,
"Imported non-human primates and their offspring may be
imported and sold, resold, or otherwise distributed only for
bona fide scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes.
- No hazardous agents have been used in
the species. Under Section X of the IACUC protocol form,
none of the following has been used in the species: radioisotopes,
biological hazards/pathogens, hazardous chemicals or drugs,
recombinant DNA or other agents which would render the animals
unsuitable for adoption.
- No invasive procedures have been used
on the species. Under Section VII of the IACUC protocol
form, the animal has not undergone survival surgery as part
of the experimental protocol.
- Only physically normal animals will
be considered for adoption. Those animals that have been
examined by a veterinarian and found free of any obvious physical
abnormalities or obvious infectious disease that might affect
its well-being or the well-being of other animals.
- Only socially adjusted animals will
be considered for adoption. Animals will be screened by
the Laboratory Animal Service (LAS) staff and the adopting agency
such as the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS) to determine their
suitability for adoption. Examples of criteria for determining
social adjustment will include animals temperament and
ease of handling.
- The HHS is the primary vehicle to adopt
out suitable animals for LAS.
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- If the HHS does not serve as the vehicle
to adopt out animals, the IACUC and University veterinarian(s)
will consult with the Designated Institutional Official to determine
by what means animals can be released for adoption. In these
situations, the adopting person(s) are required to agree to
sign a waiver to release the University from any veterinary
and legal responsibilities.
more information Contact the University of Hawaii Compliance Officer:
2538 McCarthy Mall
Snyder Hall 410
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-4552,
Fax: (808) 956-5785
Mr. Norman Magno at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Denise Yee at email@example.com
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