New stamps illustrate the importance of shelter pet adoption |

New stamps illustrate the importance of shelter pet adoption

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

GRAND LAKE -Coinciding with early May’s “National Pet Week” and “Be Kind to Animals Week,” the U.S. Postal Service’s latest social awareness stamps: “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” are now on sale in post offices across the country.

A sheet of stamps features photographs of five cats and five dogs from an animal shelter in New Milford, Conn., all of which were adopted. (Ask your postmaster to find out more about the animals featured on the stamps, such as their names and stories).

One mailed letter at a time, the goal of the new stamp is to increase public awareness of the shelter pet problem and to promote humane and responsible pet care, according to Grand Lake Postmaster Diane Mahoney.

Every year, 6 to 8 million cats and dogs in the U.S. enter animal shelters and, of that number, nearly half are euthanized.

Although the number of shelter pets appears overwhelming, the key to the solution is citizens adopting shelter pets when seeking new companion animals and ensuring that their animals are spayed or neutered.

To signify the release of the new stamp, Grand County Pet Pals will be available at the Grand Lake Post Office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Friday, April 30 with pets available for adoption from the Grand County Animal Shelter.

Businesses are donating refreshments for the event and there will be door prizes as well, Mahoney said.

The Animal Rescue stamps were unveiled on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 17. The Postal Service has been working with DeGeneres and Halo: Purely for Pets – a company she co-owns – to promote the stamps and to bring greater attention to the cause.

In conjunction with the awareness campaign, during which 300 million shelter-pet stamps will be printed, Halo will be donating 1 million meals to animal shelters across the country.

This is the third time the U.S. Postal Service has featured cats and dogs. A 13-cent stamp of a kitten and puppy playing in the snow was issued in 1982 for use on Christmas season postcards, and in 1998, images of a cat and a dog were included in the “Bright Eyes” set of five pets.

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