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Sacramento -Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento ), introduced Assembly Bill 2326. The bill would provide an above the line tax deduction for California residents who adopt a companion animal from a qualified shelter or rescue organization.
“Sadly, our local animal shelters and rescues are being overrun with homeless pets,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “A tax deduction will encourage individuals and families looking for a pet to visit their local shelters, saving lives and helping to relieve the pressure on local shelters,” he added.
The recent economic recession has contributed to an increase in homeless animals being dropped off at county- and city -run shelters or private rescues. The Sacramento SPCA alone reports that in the past six years it has seen 134% increase in the number of stray animals dropped off at its shelter. Every year, local governments in California spend over $250 million sheltering animals. Meanwhile, each year an estimated 800,000 animals are abandoned in the state leaving local governments responsible for their care. Regrettably, the overcrowding in California’s shelters has also led to an increase in animal euthanasia, homeless cats being the most susceptible. Fortunately, in 2013, there were over 10,000 pet adoptions in Sacramento between the Sacramento SPCA, Sacramento County and City shelters, and Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.
By providing an above the line deduction on state taxes for the adoption of a companion animal from a qualified shelter or animal rescue, AB 2326 aims to incentivize California residents to adopt rather than purchase a pet. The deduction would apply to those who itemize their taxes as well as those who do not. Starting January 1, 2015, a deduction equal to the qualified costs paid during the taxable year for the adoption of a pet from a qualified animal rescue organization (not to exceed $100), will be available to taxpayers filing their state income tax returns.
Additionally, AB 2326 allows taxpayers receiving a return to contribute to the Pet Adoption Deduction Fund. This will help reimburse the general fund and any excess funds will be used to provide grants to eligible shelters to aid in the cost of providing food and shelter for homeless animals.
AB 2326 is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It will be heard by the legislature in the coming months.
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