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Cat, dog stamps push adoption of shelter animals

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Today the U.S. Postal Service starts selling "Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet" stamps. Their motto: "Because Shelter Pets Deserve a First-Class Meal."

The Postal Service, together with Ellen DeGeneres and Halo: Purely for Pets, is giving shelter pets around the country a first-class meal. During the launch of the stamps, Halo will be donating a million meals to animal shelters around the country.

The campaign continues the Postal Service's tradition of raising awareness of serious social issues with special commemorative stamps. The 44-cent stamps feature photos of five cats and five dogs who were all adopted from shelters.

Previous postage stamps featuring cats and dogs have included a 13-cent stamp of a kitten and puppy playing in the snow in 1982; a set of pet stamps in 1998 and in 2002 when a kitten and puppy were featured on the "Neuter or Spay" stamps.

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