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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

S.2949 – Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2019

HABRI urges passage of S.2949, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2019, to “direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to eligible organizations to provide service dogs to veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes.”

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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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