Animal advocates praised the Environmental Protection Agency's plan, but an environmental group condemned it as a gift to the chemical industry.
The plan is the only comprehensive and detailed animal welfare plan released by any of the presidential candidates.
The dogs, previously slated to be killed, will now be sent to the Michigan Humane Society.
Docs obtained by an anti-animal-testing group found that dozens of mice and thousands of fish died due to accidents.
The company behind the tests said "there are better ways to attain the data needed" but that it will continue doing them.
Earlier this year, Congress made it more difficult for the VA to use dogs in medical research.
"Being cruelty free and achieving the Leaping Bunny certification for CoverGirl is the right thing to do, at the right time, in the right way."
The new law is the first of its kind in the United States.
But all hope for a cruelty-free future in cosmetics is not lost.
The agency claims that adopting out the cats after they're no longer needed would create a biohazard.