Monday, September 28, 2009


Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY)

Posted: 24 Sep 2009 11:42 AM PDT


A good friend alerted me to this Bill in the House of Representatives that aims to help pet owners with a tax deduction. Further proof that pets are family, just like ... our other relatives. I won't say just like kids, although to many of us, they are just like kids.

The bill notes that: 63% of US households have a pet. That's pet - not just a four-legged creature living with us; a PET - a beloved member of the family. My explanation, not theirs.

It also goes on to say that "the human-animal bond has been shown to have positive effects upon people's emotional and physical well-being." We've discussed that here, from time to time. Therapy dogs and therapy cats are very common, these days.

So, the essence of this Bill is to allow a deduction for the cost of "pet care expenses," to a maximum of $3500. They do go on to cite what qualifies as a pet care expense, such as "amounts paid in connection with providing care - including veterinary care- for a qualified pet other than any expense in connection with the acquition of the qualified pet."


The Humane Society is in favor of this. I am in favor of this. I know many pet owners, Moms and Dads, and pet lovers, that are in favor of this. We can only make it happen if we use our right to speak up and tell our representatives that we are solidly behind this bill and we support it completely.

Your turn...share and share alike. And make your voice heard. (if the link does not go directly to the Bill, go to this gov't link and search on "pets" will take you there; the Bill is H. R. 3501)


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