Did you know that cats and dogs are used as test subjects in colleges and universities? People often think of rats, mice and primates as animals used in research, but typical "pets" are sadly also used (see graphic article on cat experimentation in colleges). What happens to the animals if they are still well AFTER a public college is through with them? Are they euthanized or do they have to be placed in new homes? It depends on their condition.
Per California Education Code§66017.7, animals which are "suitable for adoption" after the school is through with them, do not have to be put to death. Rather, they are to be placed up for adoption by the college or given to an adoption agency to place.
This does not prevent experimentation, but forces adoption after the tests are through and prevents the unnecessary killing of healthy cats and dogs. If a public college or university is done with a dog or cat, and there is no reason the pet MUST be killed, the school is required to offer the cat or dog to an adoption agency to place if the college cannot find the animal a new home.
All creatures have an urge to survive and this law at least, is something. Maybe these animals can find a home where tummy rubs, not needles, are used to stimulate them.
Later in the above code, it is indicated that such requirements do not apply to animals listed inFood and Agriculture Code 17006 which references animals that are ill and may not be healed or newborn animals who were "impounded without their mothers."