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Phillips Pet Food & Supplies Supports Human-Animal Bond Research

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2016) — The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation announced today that Phillips Pet Food & Supplies has joined the organization’s Steering Committee and made a $25,000 contribution to support research on the human health benefits of companion animals.

“Phillips Pet Food & Supplies is proud to support the HABRI Foundation and its mission to study the healing power of pets,” said Blaine Phillips, CEO of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies. “We represent more than 375 vendors and 700 brands of quality pet products across the nation, and understand that the better we take care of our pets, the better they will take care of us.”

“Phillips Pet Food & Supply is a leader in keeping pets happy and healthy,” said Steven Feldman, Executive Director of HABRI. “By supporting HABRI, Phillips is demonstrating its dedication to the incredible bond pets share with their owners.”

HABRI has assembled a growing body of scientific evidence that pets improve heart health; alleviate depression; increase wellbeing; support child health and development; and contribute to healthy aging. In addition, companion animals can assist in the treatment of a broad range of conditions from post-traumatic stress to Alzheimer’s disease to autism spectrum disorder.

“Phillips Pet Food & Supplies customers, the independent retailers, play a major role in strengthening the human-animal bond,” Phillips added. “We’re going to work together to develop and share even more information about how pets make people, families and communities happier and healthier.”

About HABRI

The HABRI Foundation maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; to date has funded more than half a million dollars in innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information about the HABRI Foundation, please visit habri.org.

About Phillips Pet Food & Supplies

Family owned and operated since 1938, Phillips Pet Food & Supplies is committed to providing quality products and services to independent pet stores from coast to coast. Representing over 375 vendors and 700 brands across the nation, Phillips is dedicated to the growth and profitability of their retailers by continuing to upgrade their technology, service, sales, and transportation to ensure constant satisfaction. www.phillipspet.com.

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