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Rep. Dominguez Files to Name Shelter Rescue Cats and Dogs State Pets of Texas  print page

by: Rep. Dominguez, Alex

AUSTIN-- Today, State Representative Alex Dominguez (Brownsville) laid out House Concurrent Resolution 77 in the Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. House Concurrent Resolution 77 would designate rescue shelter cats and dogs as the official state pets of Texas.

“As the proud owner of two rescue dogs, I have seen the benefits of animal adoption firsthand," Dominguez said. "For this reason, I want to emphasize the value of rescuing shelter cats and dogs, as well as recognize the millions of Texans who have opened up their homes to furry friends in need.”

According to the Humane Society of the United States, more than 2.4 million healthy, adoptable shelter dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters annually due to a lack of critical resources and public awareness.

"Brownsville alone reached a peak of euthanizing 15,000 pets annually, which is a lot of unnecessary killing of pets, but it is only small fraction of the 2.4 million pets euthanized nationwide," remarked former Mayor of Brownsville and Co-Founder of Brownsville PAWS, Pat Ahumada. "With your efforts, the state legislature can help raise awareness and reduce these rates by your colleagues fully supporting HCR-77."

Katie Jarl Coyle, Texas Senior State Director of the Humane Society, issued the following statement:

“We’re so grateful to Representative Dominguez for introducing a resolution that not only highlights the wonderful pets up for adoption across our great state, but also the thousands of remarkable people in our communities that volunteer every day to care for these animals and work hard to give a second chance.”

Contact: Brianna Menard

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