The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC), brought the power of pets to Capitol Hill yesterday at Pet Night, delivering the message that pets are important for human health and quality of life. The Pet Leadership Council and HABRI also conferred Pets’ Best Friend awards on several members of Congress, many of whom own pets as cherished members of their families.
“Pet Night provides the opportunity to remind our elected representatives that more than 80 million households have pets, and there is growing scientific evidence that pet ownership leads to enhanced quality of life for both people and animals,” said Bob Vetere, Pet Leadership Council Chairman. “Not only do pets relieve stress, support healthy aging and improve heart health, but they also help families dealing with cancer, autism and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Guests at the event in the Cannon House Office Building were treated to “bonding time” with a host of therapy animals, as well as colorful Betta fish in aquarium displays. They also heard from pet industry leaders, the veterinary community, animal welfare advocates and research organizations to learn about the importance of pet ownership in America.
“Research has also shown that communities with more pets have stronger social bonds,” Vetere added. “Not only can we learn good behavior and important life lessons from our pets, but it turns out that pets are also good public policy.”