Proposed Bill to Offset Pet Care Expenses

U.S. representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich) has proposed a congressional bill to make pet care expenses tax deductible. H.R. 3501, more commonly known as the ‘Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act’ if passed, would allow individuals to claim up to $3,500 in tax deductions per year.


According to the 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey, 63% of families in the United States include at least one pet. Studies have also shown that owning a pet has a direct, positive impact upon people’s emotional and physical well-being. As technology has developed, it has become increasingly expensive to care for pets who have become members of our families.

By having access to this type of tax deduction, pet owners will be in a better position to afford veterinary care for their furry loved ones. Other ways to save on your pets’ medical bills include:

  • Pet Insurance
  • Preventative planning with your veterinarian to catch things before they become major problems
  • Purchasing a full year of heartworm & flea prevention at the same time each year
  • Regular dental care

If you are in support of the HAPPY Act, contact your U.S. Congressional Representative and let them know your thoughts.

3 Responses to “Proposed Bill to Offset Pet Care Expenses”

  1. 1 Pet owner September 2, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    This sounds all warm and fuzzy but like with everything from the feds we all pay for it eventually in the end.

    • 2 Kim Smith September 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm

      I am all for this Pet owner deducation for I have 6 animals 2 cats, 2 dogs & 2 horses! So Please keep up on this to know if that would only count for one per house hold or per animal you own!!!

  2. 3 Sandy September 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    It sounds like a good idea because a lot of families treat their pet as if they were another member of the family. Pet insurance is also something I would recommend because even though people put aside some money in a different bank account, I don’t think most people would be ready to pay a 3000 dollar vet bill out of the bill.

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