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Senate Passes Allen/Beck Bill to Establish “Adopt a Shelter Pet Month”

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to raise awareness about shelter pets passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Jennifer Beck to raise awareness about shelter pet adoption passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, SJR-41, designates September of each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing need for pet adoption, as well as the joy of pet ownership.

“Our shelters are full of loving animals just waiting to go home to a caring family,” Senator Allen said. “I think if we can just bring more people into the shelters, they will see that they have any kind of pet they’re looking for, whether it’s a puppy, dog or cat, even pure breds.”

Between six and eight million pets are placed in shelters each year, and because of overcrowding, an estimated 2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized every year. Adopt a Shelter Pet Month will help spread the word of shelter adoption over buying pets from a breeder or pet stores.

“You’re going to have a hard time finding a bigger dog-lover than me,” Senator Beck said. “I have two rescues and a purebred German Shepherd at home, and I hope this helps more people connect with pets they can bring home and love.”

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