the deadline for filing income tax returns is tonight at midnight, but for those who haven’t filed yet, there are some new tax laws that make some animal related expenses now tax deductible. a 2011 landmark court case paved the way for animal lovers that shelter animals. many costs associated with caring for sheltered animals are now deductible. food and medical expense some of the things that may be deducted from income taxes. people who shelter or foster animals are encouraged to save their receipts and consult a tax professional for next years taxes.