HAPPY Act Aims to Make Pet Health Care More Affordable

vet-visitOne trip to the vet is all it takes to realize that keeping your pet healthy with regular checkups and vaccinations  is not cheap…like, not even remotely cheap.

U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter has introduced the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (“HAPPY”) Act, which would allow individuals to claim tax deductions for qualified pet care expenses. If the bill were to pass, any taxpayer who legally owns one or more domesticated animals could take an annual income tax deduction of up to $3,500 for pet care expenses, including veterinary care costs.

One of the major goals set forth by this proposed legislation is that people would less inclined to surrender or abandon their pet in times of financial hardships. More pets staying with their families means few pets in already overcrowded, underfunded shelters.

Click here for more information on the HAPPY Act–you can also fill out an electronic letter that will go to your local representative, urging them to support the bill!

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