An advisory committee assists the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources in establishing procedures for the disbursement of funds from the Massachusetts Animal Fund.
The statute requires that the advisory committee consist of:
• 1 member from a humane society, animal rescue or sheltering organization;
• 1 animal control officer or representative of an association organized in the Commonwealth for animal control officers;
• 1 veterinarian or member of a veterinary medical association organized in the Commonwealth;
• 1 member of the general public with an interest in the well-being of domestic animals; and
• 1 representative of a national pet industry trade association.
Members are appointed by the Governor. It is required by statute that all members must have an active interest in educating residents relative to the benefits of pet population control. The first advisory committee members were appointed in August 2013.