Governor Hogan Signs the Pets and First Responders Bill

Governor Hogan signing First Responders Bill SB269 HB216
Governor Hogan signing the Pets & First Responders Bill | Image Credit Office of Governor Larry Hogan Photo Gallery

The Pets and First Responders bill was our priority in the 2017 session. The bill gives First Responders civil immunity when they provide emergency medical care to animals. Thanks to our sponsors Senator Susan C Lee and Delegate Clarence Lam as well as the many First Responders and animal advocates in Maryland who worked so hard to pass this legislation!

Prior to this bill, it was a crime for anyone to treat animals without a veterinary license. In fact, it was a misdemeanor with penalties including jail time and fines. This bill will protect our First Responders and empower them to treat our pets in an emergency without hesitation ultimately increasing their chances for survival.

Lisa Radov

President and Chairman at Maryland Votes for Animals, Inc.
Lisa Radov has been passionate about helping animals since she was eight years old when she embarked on her first fundraising campaign to help stop the slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada.

Lisa has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. She was the Owner and Director of Marketing at Gebco Insurance Associates, Inc. from 1986- 2016 and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.

A lover of all animals, Lisa has rescued two dogs, four pet lab rats, six cats, two hamsters, and two guinea pigs.

A mother of four, Lisa has chaired fundraising campaigns and been an active board member of the Parents' Associations at her children's schools. She became politically active in animal issues when her youngest child started volunteering at the shelter where they adopted their two cats.

Lisa is dedicated to passing laws that will make Maryland a leader in the humane treatment of all animals - companion, farm, and wildlife.