Did you know that there’s a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would give a tax break to pet owners? We recently learned about this from a Parade Magazine article. The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act (H.R. 3501) introduced by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) would allow people who legally own a domesticated animal an annual tax deduction up to $3,500 for pet care, including veterinary costs.
This legislation is very timely. The past year has been tough on many families, especially those affected by financial hardships, unemployment and home loss. Animal shelters around the country are reporting families giving up their pets because they cannot afford to keep them. This is distressing for both the pet parents and the animals. This bill could help families and pets. If you want to see this bill become law, contact your congressman and urge him/her to support H.R. 3501. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has an advocacy page with a template letter and form to email your representative. Or, just look up your Congressman’s address at www.house.gov.
We already emailed our Congressman and hope you will too. This legislation could help make a lot of pets and their families very HAPPY.