Glenn Polyn//October 5, 2021//
Glenn Polyn //October 5, 2021//
Press release: HABRI
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) recently announced that it will host virtual Pet Week on Capitol Hill the week of October 18, a free-to-attend series of virtual programs dedicated to sharing information about the importance of pet ownership in America and the scientific evidence that shows how the human-animal bond is essential to public health.
The pandemic has reinforced the role of pets as important sources of social and emotional support for a growing majority of American households, which has climbed to 70 percent according to the latest National Pet Owners Survey commissioned by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
“Pets are more important in American life than ever before,” said Steven Feldman, president of HABRI. “This year’s Pet Week will feature engaging sessions about lifesaving pet-friendly policies, key veterinary issues and legislation, statistics on pet populations, data on the economic impact of pet care businesses, and more.”
Pet Week on Capitol Hill will conclude with the unveiling of the winners of the 13th annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest, hosted by the Animal Health Institute.
The full Pet Week schedule is listed below (All Times Eastern):
Monday, October 18
Tuesday, October 19
Wednesday, October 20
Thursday, October 21
“While we are hopeful to once again have Pet Night in-person in the future, this year’s virtual Pet Week will be better than ever,” added Steve Feldman. “We are so grateful to the many sponsors of Pet Week and the entire pet care community who recognize the importance of educating Congress about the role of pets in our lives.”