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New National Human Animal Bond Innovation Awards Program Launched to Recognize Pet-Friendly Products and Programs

Public Nominations Open for HABRI Awards Program Created to Advance the Human-Animal Bond in Society

Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2022) — The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) announced today it has launched the Human Animal Bond Innovation Awards, a new awards program to recognize companies and organizations that are implementing innovative products and practices designed to advance the human-animal bond and create a more pet-friendly society.

“We know that there are companies and organizations throughout the country developing products and implementing practices that bring pets and people together in innovative ways,” said Steven Feldman, president of HABRI. “The Human Animal Bond Innovation Awards aim to not only celebrate these trailblazing organizations but also position them as models for others seeking to honor the human-animal bond.”

“PetSmart Charities is excited to be the inaugural Presenting Sponsor for the Human Animal Bond Innovation Awards,” said Aimee Gilbreath, President of PetSmart Charities. “We want to shine a spotlight on all of the new and exciting ways to make the world a better place for pets and all who love them.”

Nominees can be submitted in two different award categories:

  • Products and Services: Recognizes companies or organizations creating products or services to enhance or strengthen the human-animal bond.
  • Workplace Culture: Recognizes companies or organizations striving to create a pet-friendly workplace culture.

“The award guidelines are written to encourage organizations and companies of all kinds to share how they support the human-animal bond,” said Feldman. “We know that innovations go beyond having pets in the workplace, and we can’t wait to learn about how leaders across industries are supporting the mutually-beneficial connection between people and pets.”

Nominations are open to the public and can be submitted online at www.habri.org/hab-innovation-awards. Award winners will be selected at the discretion of an expert committee of pet care community leaders assembled by HABRI. The deadline for submission is July 8, 2022. Winners will be announced at the annual SuperZoo convention taking place in Las Vegas this August.

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