Colorado Makes Shelter Dogs and Cats Their Official State Pet

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Governor Hickenlooper at the ceremony.

On Monday Colorado not only signed into law legislation that requires police to undergo training to prevent animals from being shot, it became the 12th state to designate an official state pet. The previous states to select a state pet have selected a specific breed, but Colorado chose shelter dogs and cats as their official state pets. An idea suggested by school children.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law that shelter dogs and cats are the official state pet on Monday during a ceremony that his own rescue dog Sky attended. By naming shelter dogs and cats as the official state pet Colorado hopes to bring more awareness to the shelter pets that need homes.

The idea to select shelter dogs and cats came from Colorado school children who were working on a project to teach them about the legislative process. The bill faced opposition from lobbyists representing purebred dog clubs, retailers, groomers and dog-show organizers. The children prevailed though.

3 thoughts on “Colorado Makes Shelter Dogs and Cats Their Official State Pet”

  1. Great work from the smartest residents, the kids.

    But, isn’t Denver the city that still enforces ineffective, unscientific Breed Specific Legislation and a neanderthal policy to euthanize Pitties? Maybe this will be the first step in dismantling that inhumane law, something no one else has been able to do.

    Leave to the children, they really see the world as full of possibility.

  2. Very good idea! My faith is restored in the future children. BTW I agree with SSB Pack. Denver still has the racist law. The dog that the kid was playing with is a pitbull. That dog would have been euthanized on sight.

  3. News of Colorado legislative intelligence breaks my heart. Let me see if I got this straight: Colorado wants to put potential pets (dogs/cats) out into the public eye so that more get adopted so they make the shelter dog/cat the state pet. Then they OK the importation of stray dogs from MEXICO????? Make sense to me only if I’m a FULL FLEDGED IDIOT!!!!!! Maybe the rest of Colorado should push for a law that makes the state liable for all vet and behaviorable expenses if they take one of these dogs for a pet! I would not be willing to put my family at risk for one of these dogs with no history!!!


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