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We want as many people, families and communities to benefit from the health benefits that pets provide.

You can help us promote the power of the human-animal bond by supporting pet-friendly policies, urging your respresentatives to support legislation that promotes the human-animal bond, or simply by talking to your doctor or veterinarian about the benefits of the human-animal bond.

Support Pet-Friendly Policies

If we can make it easier to own a pet, more people will enjoy the health benefits they provide. From laws and regulations that allow service dogs in public establishments to funding for more dog parks to allowing pets in the workplace, there are many ways to make our communities more pet friendly.

Peer-reviewed research now demonstrates that pet ownership belongs in the same wellness category as diet and exercise – evidence that clearly supports policy action as a matter of public health. Yet, there is no comprehensive public policy in place to support the health benefits of the human-animal bond.

HABRI needs your help to change public policy and ensure as many people as possible enjoy the health benefits that companion animals provide.

Write to your member of congress urging them to support the following human-animal bond legislation

H.R. 2327 – Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act

HABRI urges passage of H.R. 2327, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act, which “directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a pilot-program to provide service dogs for veterans diagnosed with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”

H.R. 3016 – Veterans Employment, Education and Healthcare Improvement Act

HABRI urges passage of H.R. 3016, the Veterans Employment, Education and Healthcare Improvement Act, with a particular interest in Section 106 of the bill, which “directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a five-year pilot program to assess the effectiveness of addressing veterans’ post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms through the therapeutic medium of educating those veterans in the training and handling of service dogs for veterans with disabilities.”

H.R. 909 – Pet and Women Safety Act

The majority of victims of domestic violence have pets in the household, and 68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. HABRI urges passage of H.R. 909, Pet and Women Safety Act, which would expand federal law to include protections for pets of domestic violence victims and establish a federal grant program that will help ensure that victims have access to safe shelters for their pets.

Kathy Mitchell

Senior Director, Government Affairs


As the Senior Director of Government Affairs at PetSmart, I know firsthand about the importance of building relationships with elected officials to advance policy goals. When we talk with lawmakers about how we support the great work that HABRI is doing, it demonstrates that we are a company that truly cares about people and their pets. Most of all, when we share the solid science that shows how beneficial pets are to our health and wellbeing, it sparks a meaningful conversation about how government can support pet ownership and make society more pet friendly.

Don’t know your Representatives?

Become a Pet Partners Advocate

You can make a difference by supporting pet-friendly policies in your community. Opt-in to receive action alerts from Pet Partners. Share your story and use your voice to expand access to the human-animal bond and gain a seat at the policy making table.

Ask Your Doctor

We know that there are big benefits when we bring pets into the conversation about our health. Ninety-seven percent of doctors already believe there are health benefits to pets, but the biggest barrier to discussing this subject with patients is that doctors do not have enough time. Please discuss the benefits of the human-animal bond with your doctors and encourage them to talk with all of their patients about the health benefits of pets.

Visit Your Veterinarian

If we take good care of our pets, they will take good care of us! To promote good health at both ends of the leash, make sure you visit your veterinarian regularly. We also know that the folks at the animal hospital like to discuss the human-animal bond.

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