The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) brought the power of pets to Congress on October 4 at Pet Night on Capitol Hill. At a packed event, senators and representatives heard from the pet care community that pets and pet-friendly policies are important for human health and quality of life at the annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill.
“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,” said Bob Vetere, PLC and HABRI chairman. “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.”
Guests at Pet Night had the opportunity to interact with registered therapy animals and experience first-hand their power to relieve stress and bring people together. They also heard from pet care industry leaders, the veterinary community, animal welfare advocates, research organizations and members of Congress about the importance of pet ownership in America.
The Pet Leadership Council and HABRI also conferred Pets’ Best Friend awards on more than a dozen members of congress for their support for pet-friendly legislation. The Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill were honored by the Animal Health Institute for the 10th year in a row, recognizing Congressional companions from both sides of the aisle.
“We hope Members of Congress will support these important policies that will protect and save lives through the power of the human-animal bond,” Vetere said.