This Italian Town Is Offering Tax Breaks to Anyone Who Adopts a Dog

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Adopt Me?Councillors in Mascalucia, Sicily, have approved a plan to provide people who adopt a dog from the local council-funded shelter with tax breaks. Residents will be able to get 50 per cent off their rubbish disposal bill for up to three years after the day on which they adopt a dog.

Council Member Alessio Cardi says that encouraging the public to adopt dogs will result in a double benefit, saving the cost of the kennels and giving dogs safe homes.

This is an enlightened move that other cities should follow. In the UK, dog shelters are struggling to cope with the constant stream of abandoned dogs. Overbreeding is responsible for this situation: there are simply too many dogs being bred, sold and abandoned.

In light of this crisis, adopting a homeless dog from an animal shelter is much more sensible than buying from a breeder. When people buy puppies from irresponsible breeders over the Internet, they provide them with financial support, which allows them to continue to breed more dogs, churning them out in great numbers to confront an uncertain future.

The only way to reduce the number of abandoned dogs over the long term is by educating people to neuter their animal companions and by cracking down on breeders. Mascalucia Council’s plan offers a great way to provide people with an extra incentive to give animals languishing in shelters a chance.

If you’re considering welcoming a new canine or feline companion into your home, please don’t support the profit-driven breeding industry or buy an animal online – instead, visit your local animal shelter to find your new best friend. Pictured is Kora, who is currently available for adoption in Virginia, USA from PETA US.


  • norma lockhart commented on February 5, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    anything that can be done to stop animal suffering, i will support

  • Ann Dorey commented on February 6, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Good luck I hope the people that adopt a dog does for the right reason and genuinely will care for it

  • Penny Shearer commented on February 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

    no I don’t think it is a good idea, as unless there are follow up checks the animals might be neglected, treated badly – the list goes on.

  • Catherine commented on February 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    i think this is really dangerous. How many unscrupulous types will fake interest and get approved then fail to care properly for the poor dig they adopt? As Penny says, who will check up on them both before and after adoption? Who will cover that cost? A lovely idea but I am afraid that I am too cynical and fail to trust in the goodness of a lot of people. Greed is more likely to be many people’s primary reason for doing this rather than a sudden desire to relieve animal suffering.

  • Hector Glez commented on February 7, 2015 at 2:49 am


  • j thresherthrsh commented on February 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    It won’t work. Have lived there and seen the way animals are treated. Just disposed of, when use or novelty wears off.

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