Headlines Pet Industry Leaders Seek to Keep Businesses Open Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns They’ve drafted a letter to government leaders. Published 1 month ago on December 13, 2020 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet ALEXANDRIA, VA – An open letter from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, along with a coalition of pet care community organizations and companies, urges lawmakers to treat pet businesses as “essential” amid any COVID-19 lockdowns. “With recent nationwide surges in COVID-19 infection rates, along with holiday travel, the coalition anticipates that larger spikes will result that could trigger renewed lockdown orders such as those that were enacted in the spring,” according to a press release from PIJAC. Mike Bober, president of PIJAC, said: “Earlier this year, thousands in the responsible pet care community spoke up on behalf of pets and pet owners as the COVID-19 pandemic evolved. It is important that we continue to speak as one voice to remind lawmakers that pet care is essential, so that the businesses that serve the needs of America’s 85 million pets are allowed to remain open.” The new letter recognizes lawmakers’ previous work to designate pet care, including veterinary, boarding and grooming, as essential and urges them to continue to do so with any new restrictions. Pet business representatives who would like to add their name to the letter, which will be provided to select lawmakers at the local, state and federal levels, can access the letter and the form to sign it here. PIJAC has also created a tracking spreadsheet that provides links to the government closure orders in each state that impact pet businesses. Advertisement Related Topics:COVID-19Latest News TopPIJAC click to Comment(Comment) Advertisement You may like Whippet ‘Bourbon’ Wins Best In Show at 20th AKC National Championship Top 5 Things to Share with Customers of Reptile Pets Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Promoted Headlines Let’s Hear it for the Comfort Zone Tall Tails Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Press Releases1 day ago Two Companies from Bend Oregon Team Up for the 2021 Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Press Releases1 day ago New Tiki Cat Grill Pate Wet Cat Food Features Real Fish & Seafood Recipes in Broth Press Releases1 day ago Choice Pet Products Welcomes New Territory Manager to the Team Headlines4 days ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Photo Gallery1 week ago How Indie Pet Stores Are Celebrating — and Selling — Valentine’s Day Press Releases1 week ago Lightspeed Launches Supplier Network for Independent Retailers Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: How to Build Community — and Grow Revenue — with Other Businesses Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: Get Ready for Black Friday and Small-Business Saturday Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School Teaches You How to Start a Produce Co-Op for Pets Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular Headlines4 days ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Photo Gallery1 week ago How Indie Pet Stores Are Celebrating — and Selling — Valentine’s Day Press Releases1 week ago Lightspeed Launches Supplier Network for Independent Retailers Columns1 week ago Shelf Appeal: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Products for Your Pet Store Hot Sellers1 week ago Holiday Toys, Bird Perches and Spa Treatments Among the Hot Sellers for November Headlines5 days ago Mars Petcare Plans $145M Expansion in Arkansas Press Releases1 week ago Coastal Pet Institutes Authorized Seller Policy Ask PETS+1 week ago What Do You Do When Employees from Other Pet Stores Come Into Your Store?