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Massachusetts, Bill to Help Shelters & Low-Income Residents Needs Your Voice

Massachusetts, Bill to Help Shelters & Low-Income Residents Needs Your Voice

Update—July 19, 2018: Great news, advocates! The budget amendment that would allocate $100,000 to the Massachusetts Animal Fund was included in the final budget released by the conference committee and is now with the Governor. Thank you to all of you who spoke up on this important issue. 

In 2012, the Legislature established the Massachusetts Animal Fund to fight animal homelessness by increasing access to spay/neuter services statewide and reducing the costs of these critical services for shelters and pets of low-income residents.

Unfortunately, the demand for these services far outweighs available funding. Since the Fund's sole revenue supply is sourced through "check-off" donations on state income tax filings, a large waitlist has formed and many animals are denied services.

An amendment filed by Representatives Lou Kafka and William Galvin to the state’s 2018-2019 budget bill (H.4400, Budget Amendment #954 ) would help fix this by allocating $100,000 to the Massachusetts Animal Fund to ensure more animals in the Commonwealth receive needed spay/neuter services.