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BMV to begin offering pet-themed plates

Published: Sat, February 12, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

COLUMBUS -- Beginning Monday, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will begin selling a new pets specialty license plate.

A portion of the plate cost will be given to the Ohio Pet Fund, which sponsors educational programs for pet owners and helps curb Ohio's pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering programs.

The plates will cost $25 in addition to the normal registration fees. They may be issued to passenger vehicles, noncommercial trucks, motor homes, house vehicles and noncommercial trailers.

The plates will be issued at any deputy registrar's office, by mail or online at www.oplates.com. Requests for special plates may be made at any deputy registrar's office online, through the mail, or by calling the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (888) PLATES3 (888-752-8373). Pet plates may also be ordered as reserved or personalized plates with additional applicable fees.

Ohio Pet Fund

The Ohio Pet Fund will receive $15 from each plate sold. The fund will offer grant applications to nonprofits including humane societies, rescue organizations and veterinary associations. Animal shelters also will receive funding for spaying and neutering. The pet fund also will assist limited income families with the cost of the surgery.

The artwork on the plate features a cartoon image of a dog or a cat. It is designed by nationally syndicated cartoonist Jenny Campbell of Chagrin Falls.

The plate is meant to remind Ohioans that an estimated 4-6 million dogs and cats are put down each year in animal shelters across the country. A survey undertaken by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine reports that two-thirds of the homeless dogs and cats taken in by animal shelters are euthanized, whereas only one-fourth are adopted.

For more information on the Pets Ohio Fund and its programs, visit www.petsohio.com.


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