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April 21, 2010

The HSUS Applauds Fla. Lawmakers for Proclaiming April ‘Adopt a Shelter Pet Month’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Humane Society of the United States commends the Florida Legislature for adopting a resolution declaring April 2010 as "Adopt a Shelter Pet Month." Sponsored by Rep. Faye Culp, R-Tampa, and Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, the resolution urges citizens to adopt dogs, cats and other companion animals from the state's animal shelters.

 "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' Florida state director Jennifer Hobgood. "The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Florida Legislature for designating April 'Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,' and for reminding everyone in the Sunshine State to make animal shelters and rescue groups their first choice when bringing new pets into their homes."

Every year, thousands of cats and dogs and other companion animals are brought to shelters and rescue groups across Florida because not enough people are turning to shelters when they decide to bring a pet into their family. Pets are often relinquished to shelters due to the owner's financial hardship, moving, divorce, or other life change and the animals are often well socialized, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and ready for a second chance with a loving family.

In 2009, 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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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

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