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Lobby Day for Animals General FAQ

Thank you for registering for Lobby Day for Animals. We’re looking forward to meeting you in Boston on Wednesday, June 7!
Visit the Lobby Day Resource Center 

How can I prepare for Lobby Day? 
Attend a webinar to learn about Lobby Day and the animal protection legislation you will discuss with your legislators. This is not required, but is highly recommended as a great way to get all the info you would like prior to Lobby Day.
Advance registration required (to both the webinar and Lobby Day):
RSVP: Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 or
RSVP: Sunday, June 4 at 6:30

What is the Lobby Day schedule?
Registration: Check-in begins at 10:15 am in the Great Hall on the 2nd floor of the State House. Plan to allow extra time for traffic, parking, and State House security.
Breakfast: A light plant-based breakfast with coffee. Please bring a reusable mug and/or water bottle to help us cut down on waste.
Speaking program: 11:00-11:45 am
Group photo: 11:45 am
Learn about priority legislation: 12:00-12:30 pm. Talk with representatives from the MSPCA, ARL, HSUS, and ALDF about the day’s priority legislation.
Lunch: A plant-based lunch is included with your registration! Please bring a reusable mug and/or water bottle to help us cut down on waste.
Afternoon meetings with legislators: We will schedule meetings with your state senator and state representative between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm. (Please let us know if you can’t stay for the afternoon meetings!)
After your meetings, please return to the Great Hall to complete important meeting evaluation forms.
Though the event ends at 4:30, you may be done by mid-afternoon depending upon your meeting times.
If you want to find out your meeting times before June 7, email advocacy@mspca.org and we’ll share the latest scheduling info.

*please check your latest email for final schedule.

If you have time, you can tour the State House or listen in on a House or Senate session if one is scheduled. You might also enjoy exploring the Freedom Trail or the Public Garden.

How do I get to the State House? 
Driving and public transportation directions to the State House. The cheapest parking is underneath the Boston Common, which requires walking a few blocks up a hill to the State House. Note this garage can fill up. Enter by the General Hooker entrance on Beacon Street (a statue of General Hooker on a horse marks the entrance). The accessible entrance on Bowdoin Street is under construction. Please let us know if you need an accessible entrance and we can make arrangements. The event is on the 2nd floor in the “Great Hall.” The rangers at security can direct you.

What should I wear?
Business attire is appropriate, though that doesn’t mean you should purchase a new suit for the event. Dress neatly and professionally, and wear shoes that are comfortable enough for walking.

Do you need donations of towels and pet food?
We will hold a blanket, towel, sheet, and pet food drive – please bring these items for donation to local animal shelters.

Should I post about Lobby Day on social?
Join the conversation at the Lobby Day for Animals event on Facebook event. Please visit this webpage for some tips about how to use social media to advocate for animals and maximize the impact of Lobby Day. We’ll be giving away a free mousepad to the three attendees who use social media the most during the day using.

What tips can you provide for meeting with my legislators? 
Don’t be intimidated—legislators are people too, and some of them really like animals and have adorable pets. Staff are typically very friendly, helpful, and eager to learn about pending legislation. As an informed constituent, you can be a great resource to them. Read these tips about meeting with elected officials and their staff.

How can I learn more about my legislators? 
How do your elected officials rate on legislation that affects animals? We’ve updated our legislative scorecard so that you can check whether your legislators have sponsored or co-sponsored this session’s animal protection bills, or bills that are harmful to animals.

What are the priority bills for Lobby Day?
Check back for the bills that will be the focus of this year’s Lobby Day. While there are many important bills that the legislature is considering, we can only focus on a limited number of bills during Lobby Day.
Coming soon.

Yikes – I registered but now can’t attend – What should I do?
If you can’t join us at the State House, please be sure to let us know so that we can cancel your appointments—it won’t help budding relationships with elected officials to be a “no show.” If you know ahead of time that you can’t attend, email advocacy@mspca.org. If it’s last minute, call or text (617) 541-5008.

Questions?
Email advocacy@mspca.org

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