Claiming Canine Costs is in the House…

July 31, 2010 makes a year when the H.A.P.P.Y (“Humanity and Pets Partnered Through The Years”) Act was first introduced into the House of Representatives.

No new updates on its progress as of today however; this Act (H.R. 3501) proposes that those who own their dogs legally, will be able to claim as much as $3,500 on their tax returns for qualified veterinarian care.

We all know that these furry friends often provide a sense of camaraderie, comfort, and unconditional love and research supports this fact with a 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey, indicating that 63 percent of United States households own a pet.

With the state of the economy now and for some who have pets with pre-existing conditions, the option of pet health insurance is not an option. And what about those whose canine companions are now older and prone to illness, resulting in more frequent trips to vet? Average costs for dog care is close to $1,000 a year and with unforseen clinical needs, this cost could easily rise.

Betsy Dribben, vice president of government relations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says she is realistic about the bill’s prospects. But with more attention being paid to the fate of pets whose owners lose their homes, she said interest is growing on Capitol Hill and beyond about how the government can respond.

“There is a move afoot. There is a general acknowledgement that people really care about their pets,” Dribben said. “Taking care of pets does cost money, and during the dramatic decline of people’s income and the shaky economy, any possibility of assisting people in meeting those costs should be looked at.”

I agree and if you do as well… make your voice heard via your Representative!

To read this Bill in its entirety click HERE.


One response to this post.

  1. This would be a real help for many older citizens.


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