Democratic state Sen. Kevin Rader is attempting to give forgotten pets a little bit of the spotlight with a new bill designating shelter animals as the “state pet.”
“Any shelter animal that resides at or has been adopted from an animal shelter or an animal rescue organization is designated as the official Florida state pet,” the legislation reads.
Rader, who represents Senate District 29, filed the bill (SB 240) on Monday.
But Rader’s measure would add “state pet” to the list of state symbols.
Shelter animals are stray or lost animals that are kept and rehabilitated. Those shelters then attempt to find a home for those animals.
Rader’s push isn’t the only proposed addition to the state symbol list.
Should Rader’s bill win support, the measure would take effect immediately upon being signed into law.