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Local Organization Pushing Bill to End Euthanization of Pets

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Every year, thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized, but one local organization is trying to put an end to this.

The Federation of Humane Organizations of West Virginia has been trying for four years now to have a Spay Neuter Assistance Fund Bill passed that will help low income families pay for their pet to be spayed and neutered.

This will be done by adding on an amount to the fee that pet food companies must pay in West Virginia. A portion will then go to the fund.

This fee increase will not effect residents at all. According to FOHO President Betty Burkett, this is the most consistent and dependable way.

"It has shown in the other states that has these things already in place has cut down greatly on the number of animals that are euthanized. Plus, when you consider the tax payer money that goes into supporting a shelter, you'd be amazed. I know I was at how much it costs to run our shelter," says Burkett.

Right now Maine, New Hampshire and New Jersey all have funds such as this in place.

If passed, this bill would be a win-win for both pet owners and West Virginia tax payers. West Virginia pays over $8 million for animal control. This bill would reduce that amount by a third, according to Burkett. 

So how can you get involved? Burkett says you can support your local politician such as Senator Jeff Kessler whose name will be on the bill and will be introducing it to the Senate.

Burkett suggests that if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the bill to visit their website at www.fohowv.org.