New law designates shelter pets as official state pet

State names shelter pets as the ‘official’ state pet

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A state has just passed a law which designates shelter pets as the “official” state pet. The state behind this awareness raising law is Ohio and it joins several other states which have already highlighted shelter pets as their official state pet.

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), last year Ohio passed one of the strongest laws against puppy mill operations – that law, coupled with the new “official state pet” law, is putting Ohio to the forefront of states which promote animal welfare.

According to HSUS, Oregon and Texas are currently considering a similar resolution for their official state pet. The HSUS writes:

As a result of all the awareness building, we are seeing promising trends in pet adoptions. The number of dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue has risen from 35 percent in 2012 to 44 percent in 2017, and cat adoptions have increased from 43 percent to 47 percent over the same period. Shelters and rescues are increasingly getting creative in their approaches to ending pet homelessness. I am in New York City today where the Animal Care Centers NYC has launched a brilliant campaign rebranding their adoptable pets as “Boroughbreds.” The campaign includes small, low, food-scented ads so that dogs on an outing might draw their owners’ attention to the ad.

Are you the proud owner of an adopted pet? You can use #AdoptPureLove on social media to spread awareness and inspire others to join you!

Learn more about Ohio’s new law here.

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