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California Bill Would Offer Tax Breaks to Shelter Pet Adopters

Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
 

Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

 If you go to a California animal shelter to adopt a pet, your new furry friend could come with a state tax rebate courtesy of a new legislative measure.

Rick Johnson with the Sacramento SPCA says the bill would be a good incentive for people deciding whether to adopt one of the increasing number of strays he’s seen come into the shelter over the past couple of years.

“Finding them homes is now our key responsibility and we do then look to the community to adopt,” says Johnson. “Of course, this piece of legislation will encourage people to go to a shelter and adopt.”

Backers of the measure say 800,000 unwanted animals end up in California shelters every year. The estimated cost of housing them is about $150 per animal per day. Local jurisdictions pay an estimated $250 million per year to shelter unwanted pets.

The bill would cost the state treasury about $1.5 million per year in lost tax revenue.

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