ASPCA Demands Missouri Abolish New Shelter Adoption Tax

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 1:30pm

Come on, Missouri, where’s the puppy love? A newly proposed tax by the state's Department of Agriculture would require all nonprofit animal shelters and rescues to pay the same fees and taxes as for-profit puppy mills. Well, our foot is down. That's just not fair, and we’re doing our best to set the state straight.

Along with The HSUS and Best Friends Animal Society, the ASPCA is demanding the Missouri Department of Agriculture abolish the Shelter Adoption Tax. Not only do these animal rescue organizations often clean up after the problems created by puppy mills, but the fees could cost groups as much as $2,500 per year.

"The new adoption tax could not come at a worse time," says Randy Grim of Stray Rescue in St. Louis, Missouri. "We are working tirelessly to solve the problem of homeless pets. We are performing a service for our community and we should not be lumped into the same category as commercial puppy mills."

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