Critical role of pets in human well-being highlight at Pet Week on Capitol HillThe annual Pet Week on Capitol Hill, hosted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), will happen on Sept. 18-22 September 14, 2023 Photo courtesy Ken Visser/Animal Health Institute Delivering the message to elected representatives that pets are important for human health and quality of life is the main goal of the annual pet-centric event in Washington D.C. Hosted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pet Week on Capitol Hill will showcase educational presentations featuring Members of Congress and leaders from the pet care community. The sessions will share information about policies and programs that will help strengthen the human-animal bond. The educational sessions will be as follows: Monday, September 18, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET The Power of the Human-Animal Bond Steven Feldman, President, HABRI Monday, September 18, 4 – 4:30 p.m. ET Veterinary and Pet Issues in Congress Dr. Mike McFarland, Chief Medical Officer, Zoetis Rep. Kurt Schrader, Veterinarian & Former Congressman (OR-5) Tuesday, September 19, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET Pet Legislation: Keeping Pets and Their People Together Nina Leigh Krueger, CEO & President, Nestle Purina PetCare Katie Campbell, Director of Collaboration & Outreach, RedRover Nicole Lanahan, Executive Director, Got Your Six Support Dogs Tuesday, September 19, 4 – 4:30 p.m. ET Strategic Insights from the National Pet Owner Survey Dr. Kerry O’Hara, Chief Insights Officer, American Pet Products Association Wednesday, September 20, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET Pet Night on Capitol Hill (in-person event) Thursday, September 21, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Companion Animals Nancy Gee, PhD, C-AISS, Director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction, VCU Health Thursday, September 21, 4 – 4:30 p.m. ET Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest Animal Health Institute Friday, September 22, 12 – 12:30 p.m. ET Pets are Family: The Case for a National Conversation on Pets in Shelters Susanne Kogut, President, Petco Love The event will stream via the Pet Night website, as well as the HABRI Facebook page.