Focusing Attention On Shelter Animals

West Virginia legislators should allow their current session to go to the dogs, at least for one vote.

State Sens. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, are proposing a resolution to designate canines adopted from animal shelters as West Virginia’s official state dog. Weld said the idea is to bring more attention to dogs that need new homes.

Nationwide, more than 800,000 of them have to be euthanized each year because no one wants to adopt them. Weld wants to encourage such adoptions and also improve awareness of animal shelters and those who operate them.

Good. It is a worthwhile initiative. Perhaps it can do some good for a few homeless dogs (and cats, for that matter).

Is the Weld-Baldwin resolution important to state government? Of course not. But is it a harmless request with which legislators should comply? It is.


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