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Check off for our Companion Animal Sterilization Fund

January 11, 2009 - TRC

P.A.W.S., along with Spay Maine, is working hard this year to get the word out on the spay/neuter check-off box, called the Companion Animal Sterilization Fund, on a State of Maine income tax filing form. For those of you not familiar with this it is on Schedule cp of the State of Maine income tax forms. Checking the Companion Animal Sterilization Fund (Help Fix ME) check off box on the state tax form, Schedule cp, allows Mainers to donate directly to the Help Fix ME program. The donation is tax deductible the following year.

The Maine Animal Coalition (MAC) has generously donated money to the effort with which to buy radio ads to help with public awareness. In addition, Planet Dog is helping with their marketing and publicizing expertise. P.A.W.S. and Spay Maine want you to know that your donations make a difference to the people and animals in Maine. For the third year in a row, Maine has been ranked, by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, as one of the top five states in the nation with the best animal welfare laws. Maine placed second and that's a statistic to make all Mainers proud. For more details you may visit the website :

The funds resulting from the tax check off over the past four years have been declining but the need has not. Funds are released periodically for care for eligible pets. Always there are more pets in need than there is funding to spay or neuter them. Unlike humans these animals cannot pick up a part time job to add to their income or make budget decisions that provide them the care they should have. They trust us to provide for them.

Many people can meet an animal's day-to-day needs for food and shelter. It's the larger expenses that sometimes force families to surrender their pets. The one pet a family adopts can become a pet with an unintended litter of young. When one pet becomes several, many times hard choices have to be made. Always it is the helpless animals that suffer and pay the price. If we do not adequately fund the care of animals whose adoptive family cannot meet their animal's need for sterilization the situation will only become more dire.

Please help Maine's companion animals by making a donation via the Maine income tax form or donate directly to your local shelter.

Thank you for your kindness and compassion for Maine's companion animals.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.