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Pet Week on Capitol Hill Brings Free Virtual Sessions About the Importance of Pets in America

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) hosts the week, which will include free, virtual educational sessions, Sept. 18-22.




(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON, DC – The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is hosting Pet Week on Capitol Hill from September 18-22, which will include free, virtual educational sessions. Each program will feature leaders from the pet care community sharing key data about how pets are important for human health and quality of life and highlighting the most pressing issues relating to pet ownership in America.

Live streaming of the virtual sessions will take place at and on HABRI’s Facebook page.

To learn more information about the sessions, add the sessions to your calendars, and submit questions to the speakers, visit

Pet Week Virtual Programming Schedule:

Monday, September 18, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET
The Power of the Human-Animal Bond
Steven Feldman, President, HABRI

Monday, September 18, 4 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Veterinary and Pet Issues in Congress
Dr. Mike McFarland, Chief Medical Officer, Zoetis
Dr. Kurt Schrader, Veterinarian & Former Congressman (OR-5)


Tuesday, September 19, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET
Pet Legislation: Keeping Pets and Their People Together
Nina Leigh Krueger, CEO & President, Nestle Purina PetCare
Katie Campbell, Director of Collaboration & Outreach, RedRover
Nicole Lanahan, Executive Director, Got Your Six Support Dogs

Tuesday, September 19, 4 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Strategic Insights from the National Pet Owners Survey
Dr. Kerry O’Hara, Chief Insights Officer, American Pet Products Association (APPA)

Thursday, September 21, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET
Loneliness, Social Isolation & Companion Animals
Nancy Gee, PhD, C-AISS, Director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction, VCU Health

Thursday, September 21, 4 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest Winners
Animal Health Institute

Friday, September 22, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET
Pets are Family: The Case for a National Conversation on Pets in Shelters
Susanne Kogut, President, Petco Love




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