Press release: HABRI

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) brought the love of pets to Congress this week through a Virtual Pet Week on Capitol Hill. With conversations with leaders in animal health, animal welfare, companion animals, celebrity guests, members of Congress, therapy animals, and very cute pets, Pet Week on Capitol Hill s’ is focused on key data showing the growing importance of companion animals in society and how policies supporting pet ownership and care have the potential to save lives, improve well-being and protect public health.

“Americans love their pets and support policies that strengthen pet ownership as a positive force for our health and well-being,” said Steven Feldman, president of HABRI. “The entire pet care community came together at Virtual Pet Week on Capitol Hill to share this message and the data behind the importance of the human-animal bond in American society. “

Pet Week on Capitol Hill addressed a wide range of topical issues, including data-driven updates on animal shelters and pet adoption in the United States, the importance of ownership and pet care for the economy, and the positive impact of policies and legislation. Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) discussed the importance of veterinarians during the pandemic and legislation to protect people and pets from zoonoses and natural disasters.

“As the only veterinarian in Congress, I welcome opportunities like this to spread the word to pet owners, the public and my colleagues about the real and tangible benefits that animals bring to our lives. , and the importance of veterinary medicine in safeguarding public health, ”said Representative Schrader. “It was also an honor for me to announce the winners of the AHI Cuteest Pets on Capitol Hill contest. Pet Week on Capitol Hill is a wonderful event that brings us together and lifts our spirits at a time when everyone really needs it. “

The culmination of pet week on Capitol Hill, the Institute of Animal Health (AHI) unveiled the winners of the 13th annual cutest animal pageant on Capitol Hill, which rewards the cutest animals owned by members Congress and their staff.

Dog: Reily

Owner: Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-1)

Cat: Dorothy

Owner: Representative Chris Pappas (NH-1)

Exotic: Dublin

Owner: Emma Settle

Office of Representative Richard Hudson (NC-8)

In special appearances, journalist and television personality Tamron Hall pleaded for Congress to increase funding for domestic violence shelters that allow pets. Bobby Bones, best-selling author and TV personality, delivered a heartfelt message on behalf of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who will now be able to train and have access to service dogs after the recent passage of the embers service for veterans. Therapy Act.

“We are grateful to the many companies and pet care organizations that have made Virtual Pet Week on Capitol Hill possible,” added Feldman. “We hope to be back in person in 2022 with our much anticipated Pet Night on Capitol Hill reception!”

All recorded chats from Pet Week on Capitol Hill are now available on demand at, where people can also sign up to be invited to Pet Night on Capitol Hill 2022. Pet Night on Capitol Hill is an event annual, hosted by HABRI and sponsored by the pet care community.

HABRI is a non-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of research and information on human-animal relationships; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about research on human-animal links and the beneficial role of companion animals in society

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