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ANIMAL SHELTERING

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Humane Law Forum

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Ellen DeGeneres sparked a major brouhaha in 2007 when she gave away her adopted pup Iggy to her hairdresser. Despite a televised, tear-filled plea by the comedian, Iggy was taken back, returned to the rescue group, and adopted out again. Does a shelter have the right to reclaim an adopted animal if the adopter violates the adoption agreement by giving the animal away? It helps to know the basics of contract law.

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