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Tax Season for Pets

Wahoo it’s tax season!!! Sorry, I know for fur-less beings tax season is akin to a snow-less winter, a weekend of domestic chores, or even to sticking pins under your fingernails. But for us furry folk it means saving lives thanks to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF)! And better yet the groovy people at CPOF now offer another way for you to save lives…

Let’s start with understanding more about CPOF. This fund was initially established by the Colorado State Legislature to curb pet overpopulation and reduce the euthanasia of surplus unwanted pets. The focus and success of this program makes it, in my opinion, the smartest and most positive act of a legislating body.

Since its inception in 2001, CPOF has generated $2.7 million and subsidized more than 60,000 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in underserved areas of Colorado. Wow, think about how many homeless and unwanted puppies and kittens 60,000 surgeries have prevented (particularly when you consider there are still 2.7 million pets euthanized annually in the U.S.).

So how does the fund work? It is quite easy. On your Colorado tax return form simply enter the amount you wish to contribute on the voluntary contributions schedule and the State of Colorado will forward the amount you designate (no amount is too small) to the Pet Overpopulation Fund.

Your donation will enter the collective which helps to fund local coalitions of veterinarians, humane societies, animal care and control agencies, and community groups to perform spay and neuter surgeries in underserved areas of Colorado. Low income San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose County residents benefit from this program as Second Chance Humane Society applies for and receives funding from CPOF each year. These funds support both of Second Chance’s spay/neuter clinics and spay/neuter voucher programs.

Another cool thing that CPOF has created is the Adopt-a-Shelter Pet License Plate Program. The next time you go in to register your car purchase these sporty animal license plates (there are over 15,000 Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet license plates on the roads now!) and you will be funding this program too.

The License Plate Program began in 2011 and has generated over $1.5 million to spay/neuter and provide medical treatment and microchip identification for shelter animals. This has allowed animal welfare agencies across the state to be able to afford to spay/neuter pets before adopting pets out. Naturally this has a great impact upon reducing pet overpopulation in Colorado too.

Speaking of shelter animals, I would like to introduce myself. I go by the name of Spirit. I am a handsome black domestic short hair cat of only 6 months of age. I experienced a scary start to life so I am shy and timid at first but once I learn you are kind I become a spirited love bug.

I get along well with other cats. My favorite hobbies are exploring, sun bathing and playing dominos. I missed the Valentine’s Day rush and am still here waiting for love to find me and whisk me away to my happily ever after…

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet or to learn about adopting a homeless pet and the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat or other programs. View our shelter pets and services at adoptmountainpets.org.

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