pet week capitol hill

In an effort to safeguard the health and safety of all during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has transformed its annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill to a virtual week-long event. Now called Pet Week on Capitol Hill, the event will take place Sept. 8-10.

“Pets have become even more important during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Steven Feldman, executive director of HABRI. “Pet Week on Capitol Hill will feature conversations with members of Congress and pet care leaders about the importance of pet ownership in America.”

The first night will include a session about the importance of pets in America, presented by Feldman and Mark Cushing, author of “Pet Nation: The Love Affair That Changed America.”

The session, Lifesaving Pet-Related Legislation: A Discussion of Important Initiatives That Will Help Keep Pets and People Safe, Healthy and Happy Together, will take place the following day on Sept. 9. Presenters include Kurt Venator, DVM, Ph.D., chief veterinary officer at Nestlé Purina PetCare; Nicole Forsyth, president and CEO of RedRover; and Nicole Lanahan, executive director of Got Your Six Support Dogs.

Also taking place that evening is the session One Health Act: The Role of Veterinary Medicine in Preventing Future Pandemics, presented by Representative Kurt Schrader (OR-5).

On Sept. 10, Steven King, president and CEO of American Pet Products Association (APPA), and Dave Bolen, industry specialist at Graham Partners, will present Pet Ownership and Pet Industry Economics in the Post-COVID World.

Following, Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation, will present COVID-19 Impact on Pet Fostering and Adoption. The Animal Health Institute (AHI) will then present Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill: Honoring the Cutest Congressional Companions from Both Sides of the Aisle.

“We plan to be back with Pet Night on Capitol Hill next year to celebrate in person with the pets that we love so much,” Feldman said. “Until then, we hope that virtual Pet Week will be helpful, and that all of the participating pet care organizations will serve as valuable resources for our friends on Capitol Hill.”

Details on Pet Week on Capitol Hill can be found here.


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