WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) delivered the important message that pets are vital to our health and well-being to Members of Congress and their staff last night at Pet Night on Capitol Hill. At a packed event with over 400 in attendance including more than a dozen Members of Congress, leaders from the pet care community demonstrated their unity and commitment to increasing awareness of the health benefits of responsible pet ownership. Important programs and legislative initiatives supported by the pet care community were also on display, including the Pet Care Trust, Pets Add Life and the Pet and Women Safety Act (PAWS) Coalition.
"More than 85 million American households have at least one pet and a growing field of science demonstrates that life with a healthy pet is beneficial to all," said Bob Vetere, PLC and HABRI Chairman. "Momentum is building towards a more pet-friendly society with 98% of Americans considering their pet to be an important part of the family."
The pet care community is proud to support bipartisan legislation that increases accessibility to pets in order to benefit from their heal, including measures to provide service dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress and to help survivors of domestic violence find safe shelter with their pets.
Guests at Pet Night interacted with registered Pet Partners therapy animals and experienced first-hand their power to reduce stress, elevate moods, and increase social interaction. They also heard from pet care community leaders, the veterinary community, animal welfare advocates, research organizations, and members of Congress about the importance of pet ownership in America.
The PLC and HABRI also honored more than a dozen members of Congress with the Pets' Best Friend award for their support for pet-friendly legislation. The Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill were honored by the Animal Health Institute for the twelfth year in a row, recognizing Congressional companions from both sides of the aisle.
Pet Night on Capitol Hill is an annual event. For more information, please visit www.petnight.com. Images available upon request.
Pet Leadership Council
The Pet Leadership Council is made up of pet care industry leaders, animal welfare advocates, veterinarians and academia who envision a world where pets and people thrive together. They promote responsible pet ownership, improved access to pets, and enhanced health and well-being of all companion animals. For more information, please visit www.petleadershipcouncil.org.
Human Animal Bond Research Institute
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the world's largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals, and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information, please visit www.habri.org.
SOURCE Human Animal Bond Research Institute; Pet Leadership Council