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


June Bostock
June Bostock4 years ago


Robyn Bashaw
Robyn Bashaw4 years ago

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda S.
Amanda S4 years ago

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?

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Myriam Derome
Myriam Derome4 years ago

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?

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago


Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Hope all others are given such attention

Ann Razumovskaya
Ann Razumovskaya4 years ago

Well done!

Mariniki Liani
Past Member 4 years ago

wonderful,thank you for sharing