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Oklahoma Changes Official State Pet to "Shelter Animal"

Paws Up! To Governor Kevin Stitt enacting “Cali’s Law” to promote animal adoption in the state of Oklahoma.

April 28, 2021

Oklahoma has just been added to a growing list of states whose designated state animal has recently changed. In an effort to bolster awareness for the plight of abandoned and homeless dogs and cats, Oklahoma Representative Mark McBride introduced “Cali’s Law”–a bill named after his dog who he rescued from a shelter years before. Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 1816 “Cali’s Law” on Monday, April 26th, and it will officially designate the “shelter animal” as Oklahoma’s State Animal on November 1st of this year.

Oklahoma now joins California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee on the list of states recognizing that the best pet is a rescued pet.

Take Action: Is your state not on the list? Contact your senators and representatives and tell them to pass a bill to make your state’s official animal the Shelter Animal!

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