Animal welfare advocates, leaders of the pet care industry and veterinary community, and a team of registered therapy animals converged on Washington D.C. Wednesday night as part of Pet Night on Capitol Hill. The event, hosted by the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), is held every year to spread awareness of the importance of pet ownership. Pet Night gives congresspersons and other policymakers a chance to connect with leaders from companion animal communities to learn more about the benefits of the pets and the role they play in our lives.
“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. Research has shown that pets support child health and development, promote healthy aging, improve heart health, and also help families dealing with cancer, autism, and PTSD.”
— Bob Vetere, Chair, Pet Leadership Council
Over a dozen members of congress were awarded Pets’ Best Friend awards by the PLC and HABRI for their support of pet-friendly legislation. Humans weren’t the only award winners at Pet Night, the Animal Health Institute also issued awards for Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill.