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Mon, Jan. 25

Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps available Friday

WILLIAMS - The Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamp will be available at the Williams Post Office on Friday. The sheet of stamps features five cats and five dogs from an animal shelter in Connecticut. The staff of the Williams Post Office encourages the public to drop by the post office on Friday to enjoy some refreshments and participate in the other events going on to commemorate the issuance of the stamp.

SAVE-Meant to Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to the placement of rescued animals, will also be at the post office. SAVE will have a booth with information on the local initiative to keep unwanted dogs and place them in homes in Williams.

Save a Pet posters created by local children will be on display. The contest is sponsored by the post office and Inspirations.

Adopt a Shelter Pet certificates will be available. Customers can add their personal pet information, affix their Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamp and have the stamp postmarked.

"With the issuance of these stamps, the Postal Service is continuing its long, proud history of raising awareness of important social issues ... one letter at a time," said Robynn Smith-Eckel. "Our goal is to increase public awareness of the problem and to promote humane and responsible pet care."

The Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps were unveiled on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 17. The Postal Service has been working with DeGeneres and Halo: Purely for Pets, a company she co-owns, to promote the stamps and to bring greater attention to the cause. Stamps to the Rescue is the name of the promotional campaign the Postal Service created to provide additional information about the stamps and information on the importance of pet adoption.

Every year, six to eight million cats and dogs enter animal shelters, and of that number, nearly half are euthanized. Although the problem seems overwhelming, the key to the solution is adopting a shelter pet when seeking a new companion animal and ensuring that the animal is spayed or neutered.

Cats and dogs have been featured on a few other U.S. postage stamps. A 13-cent stamp of a kitten and puppy playing in the snow was issued in 1982 for use on Christmas season postcards. In 1998, images of a cat and dog were included in the Bright Eyes set of five pets.

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