As of July 1, pet loving Idaho drivers can purchase a pet-friendly license plate thanks to the hard work of former Rep Hy Kloc, who worked on the legislation for several years. He sponsored the law during his time in the legislature but, unfortunately, the bill fell short by a few votes.
This year, with the sponsorship of Rep Melissa Wintrow, Rep. Clark Kaufman, Rep. Jim Addis, and Sen Van Burtenshaw and the support of Rep. Mike Moyle, Rep. Joe Palmer, and Sen. Kelly Anthon, the legislation passed with flying colors. Reps. Kloc and Wintrow were among the first people to get the Pet-Friendly License Plate.
“I stayed involved with this project when I left the Legislature because there’s a serious lack of funding for low-cost spay and neutering. After so many years of work, it’s so rewarding to see this legislation finally take effect.” Rep. Kloc explained. “All of the money will go to help the animals who need it the most. That money will make a huge impact in how we deal with increasing animal populations in Idaho. I am so lucky that this bill was the product of a bipartisan effort. I feel very fortunate to have worked with these and other representatives on this project.”
The Idaho Humane Society, the largest shelter in the state of Idaho, has several spay and neutering programs through their Veterinary Medical Center for their local community but will be ineligible for the funds.
Instead, proceeds from the sale of the plate will be held in the Pet Lover’s Fund, which will then be distributed throughout the state to non-profit animal shelters, municipal shelters, and 501(c)3 animal rescue groups to assist low-income citizens with spay and neutering services for their dogs and cats.
“I am so grateful that Rep. Kloc asked me to collaborate with him on this legislation.” Rep. Wintrow said. “This law is the perfect way to honor his legacy in office. Rep. Kloc has always worked so hard to protect our furry friends. He has helped to create a support system for the groups that do the hard work required to make sure every animal in Idaho has a high quality of life. I was one of the first people in line for the Pet-Friendly Plate because I like to know that my tax dollars are going to such an important program.”
To purchase a license plate, you can go to your local Idaho Transportation office and buy a numbered plate. If you would like a personalized plate, you can order online by following this link. A Pet-Friendly License Plate will cost an additional $35 over the yearly registration fee.
Lisa Kauffman, senior state Humane Society director for Idaho and Wyoming, issued this statement: “The Humane Society of the United States has assisted in passing license plate programs in other states that fund spay and neuter programs for low-income owners. I want to thank the Idaho Legislature for passing this bill which will prevent the overpopulation of dogs and cats in our local shelters and rescue groups, assist those in our rural areas and cities who don’t have the necessary resources, and it will be funded by the citizens of Idaho who love their pets instead of putting a strain on our local city and county budgets.”