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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

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.

In April, the House approved an allotment of $100,000 for the Massachusetts Animal Fund. However, these much-needed dollars did not make it into the Senate budget. The language remains in the House version of the budget and is now subject to a 6-member conference committee (3 members from the Senate and 3 from the House), which will need to reach an agreement on whether to include this critical funding provision in the final budget bill.
 

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