Independence Day wasn’t the only holiday we celebrated in the first week of July this year. Governor Jared Polis declared July 1st as Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund Day! The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, also known as CPOF, was created in 2001 and has since generated $2.7 million dollars to address pet overpopulation in Colorado. The fund achieves this by granting money to help shelters, rescues and rural veterinarians spay, neuter and microchip pets.
CPOF funding comes from two sources – the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Tax Check-off and the purchase of “Adopt a Shelter Pet” license plates. These two programs have help subsidize more than 60,000 spay and neuter surgeries, largely in places that lack resources for pet medical care. The Dumb Friends League was proud to support Senate Bill 20-208, which extended the CPOF tax check-off permanently (as long as the fund continues to meet a minimum contribution threshold) during the legislative session.
Thank you to Governor Polis for recognizing this important resource for supporting Colorado pets!
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