Pet Night on Capitol Hill

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location TBD

Celebrating the important role pets play in our lives!


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About Pet Night

Hosted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC), Pet Night brings the power of pets to Capitol Hill, delivering the message to our elected representatives that pets are important for human health and quality of life. Pet Night convenes elected representatives, industry leaders, the veterinary community, animal welfare advocates and research organizations to learn about the importance of pet ownership in America and the growing scientific evidence that pet ownership leads to improved wellbeing for both people and animals.

Hosted by


Treats for pets and humans provided by Petco and PetSmart!
The Pet Night Giveaway Team
Everyone wants a photo with a Pet Partners Therapy Dog
Marcie Whichard, Petco, Beth Elliot-Ellikidis, Zoetis, Dr. Mike McFarland, Zoetis and Bob Vetere, APPAPLC
A Pet Partners Family
Lisa Robbins of The Pet Care Trust
Rep. Matt Gaetz, (R-FL) Receives the Pets’ Best Friend Award
Jim Boschee of WPA and HABRI Executive Director Steven Feldman
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) Accepts the Pet’s Best Friend Award
Rep. Lou Barletta’s Dog Greeting Attendees
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and his Four-legged Best Friend
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) Accepts the Pet’s Best Friend Award
The room was packed!
Higgins, a registered Pet Partners therapy animal, getting some love
Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. (R-NC) Receives the Pet’s Best Friend Award
Pet Night Host, Mike Bober
Pet Night Host and HABRI President, Bob Vetere
Bob Vetere shakes hands with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH)
AVMA’s Mike Topper Introduces Congressman Ryan
Dr. Mike Topper, President of AVMA and Congressman Ryan shake hands
Congressman Ryan speaks about the importance of pets
Dr. Mike Topper, AVMA, Congressman Tim Ryan, Bob Vetere, PLC, and Congressman Walter Jones, Jr.
Congressman Tim Ryan Accepts the Pet’s Best Friend Award
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) Accepts the Pet’s Best Friend Award
The Pet Night photo booth was a hit
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) Accepts the Pet’s Best Friend Award
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) Accepts the Pet’s Best Friend Award
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) is presented the Pet’s Best Friend Award, while Higgins Steals the Show
Bob Vetere poses with Zoetis’ Beth Elliot-Ellikidis, and Dr. Mike McFarland
Reps. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) announce the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill 2017
And the award goes to…
Pickles the Hedgehog, owned by a staff member from Rep. Peter Roskam’s office (R-IL)
Lilly the cat, owned by Terra Davis of the Office of Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)
Ellie the dog, owned by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) Accepts the Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill Award on behalf of her dog, Ellie
Leaders from the pet care community pose for the camera
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) Accepts the Pet’s Best Friend Award
Kathy Mitchell, PetSmart, Doug Poindexter, WPA, Bob Vetere, PLC, Steve King, PIDA, and Marcie Whichard, Petco
Thank you to all the Pet Partners therapy teams for coming out!