Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | October 12, 2010

The Colorado Adopt a Shelter License Plate – Coming Soon!

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Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column –

The Adopt a Shelter Pet License Plate – Coming Soon!

 On June 9, 2010, Governor Bill Ritter signed into law House Bill 1214 which will positively impact Ouray and San Miguel County community members, their pets, and… their cars.  This bill not only extends the tax check-off for the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (details on that below) until 2020 but also establishes a new automobile license plate that supports pet adoption and establishes a new funding source to help Colorado shelters and rescues offset costs for spaying/neutering and medical treatment of animals in their care.

$30 from the sale of each Adopt a Shelter Pet license plate will provide grants to support Colorado shelters and rescues, primarily in underserved areas, that may not have access to much needed funding for mandated spay/neuter programs and other medical expenses. It will also help these organizations, like Second Chance, to raise awareness of the need to adopt shelter and rescue pets.

“Coloradans have generously given to the Pet Overpopulation Tax Check- off to support shelters throughout the state,” Senator Gail Schwartz, a sponsor of the bill, said. “To additionally fund these important efforts, we now have an Adopt a Shelter Pet license plate. Pets enrich our lives and our families, but every day in Colorado thousands of animals are in shelters, waiting for a family to take them home. This new license plate will raise awareness of the availability of homeless pets and fund the effort to place these pets in loving homes and reduce animal overpopulation.”

As many Pet Column readers know, Second Chance Humane Society operates a Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program that benefits low income San Miguel and Ouray County residents and their pets.  This fund makes it possible for low income pet parents to afford to spay/neuter their pets and do their part in reducing the euthanasia of the thousands of homeless pets in shelters state-wide.  This Program is funded, in large part, by the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF) which, in 2009, resulted in 5,425 spay/neuter surgeries being performed state-wide.

CPOF also helps Second Chance create and implement education programs encouraging community members and visitors to be responsible pet owners by having their pet’s spayed and neutered.  All donations to CPOF are used to directly benefit Colorado pets as administrative services are provided through the State at no cost to the Fund.  Additionally donations to this Fund are tax deductible and most importantly – will save the lives of many pets! 

So now this fund will be augmented by the Adopt a Shelter Pet License Plate.  They will be available in December and hopefully we will see many cars adorned with them in our communities.  It is a great new way to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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