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Therapy Dogs on Capitol Hill

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No One Can Relieve Post-Election Stress Like a Happy Dog 

Therapy Dogs Visit Capitol Hill to Demonstrate the Health Benefits of the Human-Animal Bond

With the busy election season coming to an end, there’s no debating that some stress relief is in order, and what better way than with the help of a furry, four-legged, bi-partisan best friend?

Pet Partners, the Pet Leadership Council, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council have teamed up to offer congressional staff relief from the stress of this year’s election season, and to share the stories of how therapy animals help so many people.

Scientific research demonstrates that the human-animal bond has a positive impact on human health, including cardiovascular disease, stress, blood pressure, sleep, depression and anxiety. Companion animals have even been shown to help people increase communication and social connections.

The event will also raise awareness about the bi-partisan Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, an important bill that will help survivors of domestic violence and their pets seek safe shelter together.

Everyone on Capitol Hill is invited to the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer to interact with therapy dogs for a much-needed dose of unconditional love!

WHAT: Therapy Dogs on Capitol Hill – de-stress from the election season.

WHEN: Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

WHO: Pet Partners
Pet Leadership Council (PLC)
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)
Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)

CONTACT:   For interview opportunities or additional information, please contact Jamie Baxter, jamie@theimpetusagency.com.

Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting animal-assisted therapy, activities and education. More than forty years since the organization’s inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable. Today, Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interventions. Therapy animals, such as those who participate in the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program, provide affection and comfort to members of the public, typically in facility settings such as hospitals, assisted living, and schools. These pets have a special aptitude for interacting with members of the public and enjoy doing so. Therapy animal handlers volunteer their time to visit with their animals in the community. For more information about Pet Partners, visit www.petpartners.org

The Pet Leadership Council (PLC) is made up of pet industry leaders, animal welfare, veterinarians, academia and advocates for pets and those who serve and support them by promoting responsible pet ownership and educating the public on efforts to improve the health and well-being of companion animals. For more information on the PLC, please visit www.petleadershipcouncil.org.

Since 1970, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) has protected pets, pet owners and the pet industry – promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fostering environmental stewardship, and ensuring the availability of pets. PIJAC members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists, and other trade organizations. For more information on PIJAC, please visit www.pijac.org.

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information about the HABRI Foundation, please visit www.habri.org.