And if you don't love animals...then, really, what's WRONG with you!?
Anyway, my friend Kelly brought this to my attention, and I think it's definitely worth looking into. A law has been introduced to let pet expenses be tax deductible. The "Tax Relief to Keep Pets at Home" campaign is being sponsored by ASPCA. Basically, with this act, up to $3500 dollars of pet care expenses (including vet care) would be tax deductible.
The hope is that more people will be able to afford to keep their beloved pets in this tough economy rather than giving them to another home or (more likely) giving them to an already over-crowded animal shelter, or (sadly) abandoning them.
Even on my neighborhood listserv, I see more and more people pleading for homes for their animals which they can no longer afford due to hard financial circumstances. I don't know how much help this kind of legislation would be in allowing or encouraging people to keep their pets, but read about it HERE, give it some thought and decide for yourself.
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