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February 16, 2010

Indiana House Passes Resolution Proclaiming 'Adopt a Shelter Pet Day'

The Humane Society of the United States commends the Indiana House of Representatives for passing a joint resolution today designating Oct. 1 as  "Adopt a Shelter Pet Day" in Indiana. The resolution urges citizens to adopt dogs, cats and other companion animals from the state's animal shelters and rescue groups. The Senate will vote next on the resolution before it's forwarded to the governor.

Surrounded by pictures of adoptable animals in Indiana animal shelters, shelter directors from across the state joined resolution author Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, on the House floor today. The resolution passed with a voice vote and now goes to Senate authors Sens. Timothy Lanane, D–25, and Vaneta Becker, R-50, for a vote in the Senate.

"I am grateful to the House of Representatives for considering this resolution today. There are thousands of highly adoptable animals waiting in shelters throughout Indiana. It is my hope that when considering adding a four-legged family member, Hoosiers will first visit their local animal shelter," Lawson said.

Every year, thousands of cats and dogs and other companion animals are taken to shelters and rescue groups across Indiana because too few people turn to shelters when they decide to bring a pet into their family. Pets are often relinquished to shelters due to a change in their owner's financial situation, home or marriage hardships and other life changes. Those relinquished animals are often well-socialized, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and ready for a second chance with a loving family.

"Adopting a shelter pet not only saves the lives of wonderful animals, it also helps reduce the amount of money taxpayers currently spend to shelter abandoned pets," said The HSUS' Indiana State Director Anne Sterling. "With October 1 designated as 'Adopt a Shelter Pet Day,' Hoosiers will be encouraged to make animal shelters and rescue groups their first choice when bringing new pets into their homes."

In September, the Ad Council, in partnership with The HSUS and Maddie's Fund, launched the "Shelter Pet Project," the first national public service advertising campaign to promote shelter pet adoption. The goal of the ad campaign is to encourage pet lovers throughout the country to make shelters their first choice for acquiring companion animals, and to let them know that shelter pets are good pets who ended up there through no fault of their own. More information is available at theshelterpetproject.org.

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