WASHINGTON — The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has launched its Human Animal Bond Innovation Awards, a new program that recognizes companies developing innovative products to help advance the bond between pet parents and their furry companions.

“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.”

Pet companies and organizations can be nominated in two different categories:

  • Products and Services, which recognizes those creating products or services that enhance the bond between humans and pets;
  • And Workplace Culture, which recognizes those committed to creating a more pet friendly workplace.

“The award guidelines are written to encourage organizations and companies of all kinds to share how they support the human-animal bond,” Feldman said. “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.”

PetSmart Charities has partnered with HABRI to serve as the official sponsor of the awards.

“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.”

Nominations are open at HABRI.org until July 8. Winners will be announced at SuperZoo 2022 in Las Vegas, held Aug. 23 to 25.

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