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Shelter Dogs and Cats Become State Pet

Shelter Dogs and Cats Become State Pet

Shelter dogs and cats are getting a new honor in Colorado, as Gov. Hickenlooper recently made these wonderful animals the official state pet.

According to local Colorado news station KREX, Hickenlooper just signed the bill into law and officials hopes this will raise more awareness for rescues and demonstrate the importance of adopting animals.

One of the state’s county’s, Mesa County, which hosts the Mesa County Animal Services, has one of the highest adoption rates in the area. Penny McCarty, director of MCAS, said, “I think that the animal-human bond is very strong. I think that we respect that in our community.”

That definitely seems so, as this idea didn’t come from the governor, but was proposed by local children. The MCAS thinks this is wonderful; after all “these kids are future pet owners.”

Mesa County is a strong animal community, and according to McCarty, 2,226 animals were adopted just last year. Like rescuing, the finding of missing pets is just as important. “Our return to owner rate is 70 percent, which is more than double the national average. We have a good community of pet owners,” McCarty noted.

Of course, good news always seems to come with bad news. Some are opposing the bill and think this might open up an entirely new area for businesses transactions. Several opponents also feel that the shelter pets might not even be Colorado residents.

Who wouldn’t want rescues representing their state?

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By Allyson Koerner

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3:36PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Fantastic.

10:59AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

8:22AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Read, and re-read. The point of this story has somehow escaped Me. I am misunderstanding this article. Are they simply saying that they will no longer euthanize any healthy animals or what?

5:27AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

7:44AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

10:25AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Haha wow that residency bit. You know eagles, and beavers? You can find them lots of other places, including immigrating between the countries. So should we try and find something PURELY 'Canadian' and 'American' too?

10:19PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

awesome

4:09AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

Hope all others are given such attention

1:47PM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Well done!

1:37AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

wonderful,thank you for sharing

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