TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis is hosting a pet adoption event on Tuesday to help companion animals in need of a home. The event partners with pet shelters in the state to encourage animal adoption and collect donations.
Attendees are encouraged to donate pet supplies, such as food, puppy pads and milk replacement formula. Children in attendance will have the chance to participate by holding and bottle-feeding kittens. The event will be held at The Grove Museum in Tallahassee.
ANIMAL LOVE FROM FLORIDA’S FIRST FAMILY
The event is the second in as many weeks showcasing the First Lady’s love for animals.
On March 21st, Casey DeSantis attended the ninth annual Red Dog Blue Dog, a popular fundraiser hosted each year during the state’s Legislative Session in Tallahassee. Republican and Democrat lawmakers form “red” and “blue” bartending teams that compete for tips to raise money for local animal rescue efforts.
The governor recently lowered the cost of pet ownership by proposing a one-year tax exemption on pet food for household pets and a permanent tax exemption for over-the-counter pet medications such as flea and tick prevention. The budget proposal is estimated to save taxpayers $189 million.
In 2020, Governor DeSantis signed SB 1082 – prohibiting housing discrimination for people who require animal support. He also signed HB 705, which requires certain counties to designate a shelter for persons with pets to evacuate to in the event of an emergency.
Last year, the governor signed SB 226 establishing the Care for Retired Police Dogs program to help fund veterinary care for retired police dogs.