COLUMBUS – The Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee today heard sponsor testimony on House Bill 502, legislation sponsored by State Representative Thomas Hall (R-Madison Twp.), which would create the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S) Adoption Center license plate.
“From the moment of intake, every animal becomes part of the P.A.W.S. family,” said Hall during his testimony. “Whether these animals are with them for 10 days or 10 years, the center ensures a safe, happy, nurturing and fulfilling environment until they find their forever homes.”
Under the bill, all proceeds from the P.A.W.S. license plate, which consists of a $25 contribution fee, will go to the P.A.W.S. Adoption Center to support their mission.
The adoption center, located in Monroe, OH, opened in 1980 as a “no-kill,” non-profit animal shelter. The center’s success has led to several expansions over the course of 40 years and the Gold Level of Transparency award in 2018. To date, PAWS has adopted out over 13,000 pets and focuses on the promotion of adoption, the reduction of pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership.
The bill was unanimously passed by the committee and will now head to the House floor for a vote.