Ohio Makes Shelter Pets The Official State Pets

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
We’re loving Ohio’s new state Senate Bill 86–which makes shelter animals the official state pets of the Buckeye state. It’s an effort to raise awareness about shelter pets’ needs and we couldn’t think of a better state pet.

The Humane Society of the United States couldn’t be happier either, saying in a statement that the new designation for shelter pets will help raise awareness about how many wonderful pets are in Ohio shelters and are ready for their fur-ever families. The Society says that they’ve always believed that shelters and rescues are places that have great selections of animals looking for their new homes.


Shelter pets officially become Ohio's state pet today! This will help raise public awareness for shelter animals & shelters throughout Ohio which are full of wonderful, family-ready pets. Visit your local shelter or @shelterpets today! https://t.co/OVnHCfLB1F pic.twitter.com/CPdxJwWf4W

— The Humane Society of the United States (@HumaneSociety) March 20, 2019

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Ohio follows the lead from similar designations in Colorado, California, Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee while Texas and Oregon lawmakers are also looking into similar bills. The Humane Society has always encouraged those who are looking for their new pets to adopt from a shelter or rescue or to visit the Shelter Pet Project’s website.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that approximately 6.5 million pets are sent to shelters throughout the country each year. Sadly about 1.5 million of those pets will be euthanized because they are not adopted.

This bill is a particularly important one for Ohio, as the Humane Society ranked it in second place on their 2018 Horrible Hundred list. The list highlights the states with the most puppy mill violations, and it only followed Missouri as number two with ten fewer violations across the state. Additionally, Ohio is ranked by The Puppy Mill Project as having one of the three largest and worst Amish Puppy Mill communities in the country.

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The new designation follows last year’s law regulating how breeders had to treat dogs they were selling or ‘adopting out,’ and that law is one of the toughest in the United States. The effort to make shelter pets the official state pet only reinforces what looks like Ohio’s sincere commitment to the betterment of companion animals in their state and we applaud them. Now anyone who wants can have the official state pet as part of their family!

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