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Are you ready for Bark The Vote?

Alicia Cook of Park Avenue Puppies in Cranston sends along word of the Bark The Vote campaign, which encourages pet owners to vote in November.

BARK THE VOTE is traveling across the country to get voters familiar with how their local mayors, state representatives and senators, as well as congregational delegation feel towards pet- related laws and proposed legislation. The mission is to educate voters on how these individuals have voted in the past and present, but also how they may vote in the future. Many voters do not know information on pet-related issues in their communities including: how much of their tax dollars go to pet-related issues; what the current pet-related laws and ordinances are in their communities; information on bite/attack laws; how their elected officials voted on animal cruelty punishment; and leash laws.

 

According to Susanna Barrett, the Rhode Island coordinator for BARK THE VOTE and owner of Park Ave Puppy’s Inc., “We must let our voices be heard for our pets. The laws and ordinances that are being made will have a direct impact on the lives of our pets. Our hope for this initiative is to elect individuals who will support pet-related laws and continue our ongoing support for our elected officials who have a proven track record of protecting the rights of our pets.”

 

At The New England Pet Expo & Fashion Show, BARK THE VOTE will be one of the sponsors for this year’s two day event. Over 52,000 people attended the Expo in 2007 and those individuals could equal over 52,000 potential votes. The attendees come from RI, MA, CT, NY and NH. The event will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008 and Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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