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Pet-friendly license plate debuts

May 2nd, 2005, 06:43 PM
Helping Arizona put the brakes on Arizona's pet overpopulation problem is just a license plate away for pet lovers.

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Animal artist Ron Burns designed the new license plates. Dubbed the "pet-friendly" license plate, Arizona's newest specialty plate promotes love of pets while helping raise money to fund spay and neuter services for dogs and cats throughout the state.

Plates are $25 per year, $17 of which will go into a spay/neuter service fund. That money will be allocated as grants to agencies that apply and qualify. The Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Committee, the organization behind the new license plates, hopes to begin distributing funds by mid-2006. That date, however, depends on how well the plates sell.

"This license plate has the potential to raise thousands of dollars that will be used to spay and neuter companion animals across Arizona, thereby reducing the staggering number of unwanted puppies and kittens and homeless animals that end up in shelters, or on the streets, every year," said Cheryl Naumann, chairwoman of the Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Committee on the Arizona Humane Society's Web site.

"It's a beautiful license plate that any animal lover will be proud to display on his or her vehicle. Best of all, revenue from the sale of each plate will be used to curb our state's pet overpopulation problem -- a problem that results in the euthanasia of thousands of dogs and cats."

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In Arizona, more than 150,000 unwanted dogs and cats turn up in animal shelters every year. Fewer than half of them go home to new families. What's more thousands of animals -- strays -- haunt neighborhoods throughout the state, only to die of starvation, dehydration, disease, injuries of accidents and abuse.

The design of the license plates is from renowned animal artist Ron Burns. The Scottsdale resident donated his time and talent to create the colorful plate, which features a dog, a cat and the tag line "Pets enrich our lives." Burns is well known for his colorful paintings, and is the artist in resident for the Humane Society of the United States.

The pet-friendly license plate has been a long time coming. A bill to create the plate found its way to the Arizona Legislature in 2004. After months of debate, Gov. Janet Napolitano signed the bill into law and Arizona's 56th specialty plate was born. The law added Arizona to a list of 27 other states that already had created pet-friendly plates.

The pet-friendly license plate is available online, as well as offices of the Motor Vehicle Division.

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May 2nd, 2005, 06:44 PM
See we do have good things that happen here in Arizona also/............