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Pets Industry Leaders and Members of Congress Celebrate Pet Night on Capitol Hill


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On Wednesday, Oct. 4, at least 450 people packed Pet Night on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to see members of Congress and their pets receive awards, and to discuss companion animal legislation and the importance of the human-animal bond.

The event received coverage throughout Washington, D.C. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) was proud to provide a supporting role to the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) before, during and after Pet Night.

In addition to highlighting members who support pets, Pet Night opened the doors to further conversations with lawmakers on behalf of the responsible pet industry. PIJAC worked with Curley Company to ensure the attendance of at least a dozen members of Congress and their staffs at Pet Night. We also organized meetings for PIJAC members and board of Directors, as well as other pet industry groups. Likewise, the National Animal Interest Alliance facilitated meetings between other industry leaders and Capitol Hill offices.

As the national advocacy and legislative voice of pet care professionals who care for and about companion animals, PIJAC worked with Kids and Cars—the main group behind H.R. 2801, the HOT CARS Act, with a sister bill S. 1666 in the U.S. Senate—to build the Animal Care Coalition. Many Pet Night sponsors, who are also part of the coalition, sent letters to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who sponsored S. 1666.

We were also pleased to publish an op-ed with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) about H.R. 2327 and H.R. 909, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS), and the Pets And Women Safety (PAWS) Acts of 2017.

PLC president, Bob Vetere said, “Pet Night provides the opportunity to remind our elected representatives that more than 80 million U.S. households have pets, and there is growing scientific evidence that pet ownership leads to improved health and better quality of life for both people and animals.”

PIJAC was grateful to be able to do our part to move the industry, and the human-animal bond, forward.


Mike Bober is president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). PIJAC members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists and other trade organizations.

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