Authored by Assemblymember Cameron Smith and cosponsored by the ASPCA, AB233 is the Tax Deduction for Pet Adoption Bill. Should this bill pass, it would allow people to deduct up to $100 of their pet adoption fees from their taxes if they adopt through a government shelter or a 501(c)3 organization. The deductions would be in effect from January 1, 2010 through January 1, 2015.
The intent of the bill is to provide additional incentive for people to adopt pets from shelters, which would then reduce the number of pets being euthanized.
Now, if I can get them to deduct the cost of spay/neuter, vaccinations and catnip, I'd be doing the happy dance...but first things first.
The bill is scheduled for its first hearing by the California Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee on April 20. To read more about this bill click here.