HABRI Funds New Research Projects

Heidi Sirota, chief pet officer at Nationwide, has joined the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)’s board of trustees.

“I am thrilled to join the HABRI board and collaborate with other pet industry experts to advance science, educate the public and advocate for a healthier, more pet-friendly society,” Sirota said.

Nationwide, a provider of pet health insurance in the United States, has supported HABRI in other capacities, such as partnering with the group to field research on the benefits of pet-friendly workplaces. Nationwide also became a human-animal bond certified company in March 2020. The certification prepares veterinarians and animal care staff to recognize and promote the importance of the bond between pets and their families.

“HABRI is grateful for Nationwide’s longstanding commitment to supporting scientific research on the human-animal bond,” said Steve Feldman, executive director of HABRI. “Stepping up as a HABRI trustee only further underscores Nationwide’s commitment to the human-animal bond and to the health and well-being of pet and human lives.”

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