shelter_dogWith animal shelters busting at the seams due to the terrible financial situation, one state, California, is thinking about giving pet adopters a small incentive to adopt a pet from a government run animal shelter, a $100 tax deduction.  It’s not much but anything that can help save lives is a step in the right direction.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth is sponsoring Assembly Bill 233 which would give this tax break. With adoption fees ranging from $100 to $150, this would either completely offset or at least offset most of the fee. The initial proposal was a $300 tax break but that was scaled back to $100.

California spends approximately $250 million a year on shelter animals and this would add about $1 million to that amount but it’s estimated that it would pay for itself quite quickly.

Sounds like a good idea to me! Much better than the one about taxing vet care anyway… 🙄

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