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Fiona Ma’s First Annual Adopt-a-Pet Event is Purrrfect!

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Fiona Ma's First Annual Adopt-a-Pet Event is Purrrfect!
State Board of Equalization Member Partners with Oakland Animal Shelter at Staff Picnic

SACRAMENTO, CA.--California State Board of Equalization (SBOE) Member Fiona Ma was joined by her district two employees, friends and their families in the first-ever joint picnic and adopt a pet event for Board Member Ma's district at Birch Grover Park in Newark, California on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Board Member Ma partnered with the Oakland Animal Services (OAS) for the animal adoptions.

"Oakland Animal Services is an "Open Door" facility that accepts all animals regardless of age, health, temperament or species and are the last resort for many animals and pet owners who need assistance," stated Board Member Ma. "I am happy we found good homes for these puppies and kittens, but there are many other adoptable animals who need loving homes. "Adopting" is one way to save a life and "fostering" is way to help socialize animals outside of the shelter environment while looking for good parents or guardians."

Close to 100 people participated in this event and five animals, two puppies and three kittens out of eight, found their forever homes this day.

"We are grateful to Fiona Ma and the SBOE for inviting us to attend the annual picnic," said Rebecca Katz, Director of the Oakland Animal Services. "It was a great opportunity to showcase some of our wonderful animals and seek support from the employees at the SBOE. Even better, we had five animals adopted that day. We are always seeking more adopters, volunteers and supporters -- visit our website (oaklandanimalservices.org) or our Facebook page to learn how you can help. Thank you, Fiona et al!"

The Oakland Animal Services waived fees for these adoptions and is currently waiving adoption fees through July 20th. OAS is an open-door facility, taking in any animal from Oakland that needs shelter regardless of age, breed, temperament or health. The staff provides critical services to the community, sheltering thousands of stray animals each year, enforcing animal-related welfare laws, rescuing animals from the streets and abusive owners, promoting responsible pet ownership and humane care as well as ensuring public safety.

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The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. Established in 1879 by a constitutional amendment, the BOE was initially charged with responsibility for ensuring that county property tax assessment practices were equal and uniform throughout the state. Currently the tax programs administered by the BOE are concentrated in four general areas: sales and use taxes, property taxes, special taxes and the tax appellate program. The BOE collects $60 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.  For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.

Fiona Ma represents district two of the State Board of Equalization. Her district includes the following counties: Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, and Yolo.

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