If you have a pet that you’ve adopted, you know just how wonderful of an experience it was to give your little furbaby a second chance at life. There is nothing sweeter than seeing their faces light up when they realize that they’re leaving the shelter. And it makes you feel good knowing that you helped save a life and make a difference. But how much more of a good feeling would it be knowing that you’re being rewarded for choosing adoption? One state might soon be giving tax credits to those who adopt animals.
In New York state, there is a new law that is still under consideration, that would be giving tax credits to people who adopt animals. According to WIVB, the credit would give pet owners a $125 credit for each animal that they adopt – and it can be from any animal shelter in the state. At the moment, the bill would only include the adoption of domesticated animals like cats and dogs. The premise of the credit is to help cover the cost of adoption fees, which would hopefully help to incentivize people to “adopt instead of shop.”
And waiving adoption fees can really help get animals adopted, as one shelter in Minneapolis found out in November before Thanksgiving. When the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control waived adoption fees for all pets, including dogs, cats, and birds for one day, they ended up clearing the shelter. The shelter’s fees, which usually range from $10 up to $1000 for Minneapolis residents, were waived under what they called their “clear the shelter” campaign, and it worked – every single animal was adopted. It made all the difference to those animals who were looking for a forever home.