“Pet” License plate funds to help curb Ohio's pet overpopulation

It took more than 4 years, but today, the Pet plate, Ohio's newest specialty license plate, passed the Ohio
Legislature by much more than a wet nose.

Senator Robert L. Schuler, R-Cincinnati sponsored the Bill

The Pet plates will cost motorists $25 in addition to standard license fees.  By state law $10 of the fee
goes to the bureau of motor vehicles.  $15 will go to the Ohio Pet Fund.  Proceeds from the sale of the
plate will be used for the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats
in shelters and nonprofit organizations
and for those dogs and cats owned by people at the poverty level.

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Jenny Campbell of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, designed the artwork for the
plate. While the plate displays a cartoon image of a comical dog and a cat looking out a car window,
Senator Schuler explains there is a very serious side to the plate.    

“It is estimated that 4-6 million dogs and cats are destroyed each year in animal shelters across the
country.  According to a survey by Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, two-thirds of the
homeless dogs and cats taken in by animal shelters are euthanized; only one-fourth are adopted.”

Some people can't afford the cost of the spay/neuter surgery.  The funds from the sale of the plate will
help shelters neuter their animals before adoption, help fix stray cats, and assist limited income families
with the cost of surgery."

And there are plenty of adoptable puppies, kittens, dogs and cats to go around.  There has been wide
spread support for the Bill by reputable breeders who will help in determining how the funds are

The Ohio Pet Fund does not anticipate funding until late 2005 or early 2006. Once enough money is
raised, The Fund will offer a grant application to municipal shelters, nonprofit humane societies, rescue
organizations and veterinary associations.  Through these organizations, funding will also be able to help
individuals who meet the qualifying guidelines for having their pets spayed or neutered.

“The more plates we sell, the more dogs and cats we can help. Who knows, maybe one day Ohio may
become known as a state where there are no more homeless pets,” Kaplan says.

To learn how more about the “Pet” plate or to be notified of the plate's release date, visit the website at