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Help Make Shelter Dogs and Cats Oregon's Official State Pet

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

The Oregon Legislature on Thursday will consider a proposal to make "rescued shelter dogs and cats * * * the official pet of the State of Oregon."

Join us in supporting this proposal, called "House Concurrent Resolution 8," by submitting written testimony to the House Committee on Rules before its public hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 19. (The Committee will continue to accept written testimony for 48 hours after the hearing begins but we suggest submitting it before the hearing if possible.)

To submit written testimony to the Committee, go here, select January 19, and then "HCR 8." For more information on the resolution, including the full text, go here.

It's best to share your personal perspective in your own words, but among the points you can make are:

  • HCR 8 would help promote adoption of dogs and cats from animal shelters, which would help more homeless dogs and cats find homes.

  • HCR 8 would help reduce costs to taxpayers by reducing the number of dogs and cats in government-run animal shelters.

  • HCR 8 would honor the hard-working staff and volunteers at Oregon's numerous animal shelters, along with all the compassionate Oregonians who choose to give shelter dogs and cats another chance by adopting them.

  • HCR 8 would honor traits in shelter dogs and cats that many Oregonians share, including resilience, endurance, diversity, strength and hope.

  • HCR 8 would follow the good examples of several other states, including Colorado, Tennessee, California, Illinois and Georgia.

Thanks to Representative David Gomberg (Central Coast) and Senator Janeen Sollman (Hillsboro) for being the Chief Sponsors of this bill.

Thank you for helping us advocate for animals!

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