A Victory For Shelter Pets In Ohio!
On March 20, 2019, as a means of
raising awareness for animal adoption,
the state of Ohio made shelter
pets the state animal.The designation
Senate approved Senate Bill 86 by a
78-0 vote which includes language
sponsored by state Representative
legislation advocating for animal adoption;
Colorado, California, Georgia,
Illinois, and Tennessee have all made
and Texas and Oregon are currently
considering similar measures, according
to the Humane Society of the
United States (HSUS).
Ohio Senate Bill 86 included motions
to name special designations
and declare historic sites throughout
the state, but most inspiring of the bill
was the inclusion of a state pet designation,
which lawmakers agree should
be inclusive of all adoptable pets waiting
in shelters for their forever homes.
With the new bill, Ohio is working
toward becoming one of the safest
places for pets.
Just last year, lawmakers passed
one of the nation’s strongest puppy
mill laws, cracking down on the inhumane
commercial dog breeding industry
across the state. (See page 7.)
A shelter pet is hereby designated
public awareness of shelter animals.
Added by 132nd General Assembly
File No. TBD, SB 86, §1, eff.
You may already know about some
The state bird is the cardinal.
The state insect is the ladybug.
The state mammal is the whitetailed
The state reptile is the black
The state amphibian is the
The state frog is the bullfrog.
November is “Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month
...But please consider it anytime! There is an abundance
of healthy, senior pets looking for a special home where
they will be loved for the rest of their lives. Here are 5 great
reasons to adopt a senior pet!
1. Calm Demeanor
2.Physical Demands are Low
3. Already Trained
4. Size at Maturity is Known
5. What You See is What You Get