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I love stamps, and I regularly check the United States Postal Service’s website to see what’s new. That’s why I was excited to hear about the USPS’s latest stamp booklet to be released in May depicting 20 of America’s best loved pets, which includes dogs and cats, of course. You’ll be able to purchase the booklet at your local post office or, if you really love stamps, you can get it at the World Stamp Show in New York on May 28 through June 4. (Admission is free!)
“This set to be issued by the USPS in May is one of many depicting animals, a popular subject for stamps worldwide,” said Thomas Fortunato, chairman of marketing and public relations for the World Stamp Show. “Our favorite pets, especially cats and dogs, can be seen on thousands of stamps and philatelic items issued by the U.S. and other postal administrations.”
Thomas shared the following dog-related stamp tidbits with me:
- The first “stamp” depicting a dog did not pay for postage but a tax instead. Ireland produced dog license tax stamps showing an Irish Wolfhound beginning around 1865.
- The Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet sheet of commemorative 44-cent stamps was issued in 2010 with images of five dogs and five cats adopted from shelters.
- In 2011, mixed-breed Owney, the famous post office mascot and rail-traveling dog from 1888 to 1897, got his own postage stamp, with interactive features.
- Working Dogs was a set of four stamps in 2012, depicting a guide dog, a therapy dog, a military (tracking) dog, and a search dog.
- A campaign to raise awareness of getting pets neutered or spayed through stamps came in 2002. The 37-cent stamps featured a photo of a kitten and puppy from a shelter.
- Canada came out with a Love Your Pet souvenir sheet in May 2015.
Read more on dog stamps:
- Working Dogs Get Their Day on Set of New Postal Stamps
- New Postal Stamp Features a Real Rover from the 1800s
About the author: Melissa L. Kauffman often goes by Mel to friends and canines alike. She lives in North Carolina with her two forever puppies, Tampa Bay and Justice; two feisty parrots, Deacon and Carlisle; a betta fish named Edgar Allan; and her husband, Scott. Mel is the senior group editor for Dogster Magazine.