Legislative Alert!

The Pet-Friendly License Plate bill was signed into effect at 1:30 pm, March 15, 2019, at Governor Little’s office. Special thanks to Representatives Kloc, Kauffman, Moyle, and Wintrow, Lisa Kauffman and all the legislators who supported this bill.

GOAL: To enable Idaho veterinarians to provide dog and cat spay and neuters in low-income or rural areas. This will decrease pet overpopulation, providing financial relief to our municipal and private animal shelters and rescue groups and improve the quality of life for pets in low-income households.

WE LOVE OUR PETS!: According to a recent report published by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Idaho has the highest percentage of dog owners in the U.S (58%) and we are in the top 10 states nationally for cat ownership (38%). The full article was published in the Idaho Statesman on Dec. 11, 2018.

THE IDAHO HUMANE SOCIETY: Is the largest and oldest animal shelter in the state. They are a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by tax-deductible donations and fees for services. They contract with local government to enforce state and local laws regarding the care and keeping of animals and to shelter stray pets. They advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane education, awareness, and compassion. Entirely independent and local, they are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, PETA, or any other animal welfare group. The Idaho Humane Society has volunteered to hold the funds for the Pet Lovers Fund in a restricted account but has agreed to be ineligible to receive any funds from the program. The funds will be disbursed through an independent committee to veterinarians, shelters, and rescues throughout Idaho to assist with spay and neuter efforts.

PET LOVERS FUND: Proceeds from the sale of the plate will be deposited into the Pet Lovers Fund, from which grants will be distributed by an independent steering committee, on an annual basis to fund spay/neuter services for dogs and cats to low-income residents. Any licensed Idaho veterinarian, municipal animal shelter, or private 501(c)3 animal shelter or rescue group can apply for a grant. Grant amounts will depend on how many plates are sold each year.

To read the bill, click here.