ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The Pet Advocacy Network invited the pet care industry to meet lawmakers at the fifth annual Pet Care Community D.C. Fly-In event on Sept. 21 at Capitol Hill. The event will allow pet industry professionals to interact with elected officials to discuss issues related to pets, pet care, pet food and more.

In previous years, the Pet Care Community D.C. Fly-In event was held virtually due to COVID-19. This marks the event’s return to in-person after two years.

“While the fly-in was highly successful when held completely virtual the past two years due to the pandemic, we are thrilled that we can expect to once again host these meetings in person on Capitol Hill this fall,” said Mike Bober, president and chief executive officer of the Pet Advocacy Network. “Constituents can have a significant influence on their elected officials by sharing first-hand accounts of how legislation at all levels of government affects them.”

During the 2021 Pet Care Community D.C. Fly-In event, more than 60 pet care professionals participated in almost 100 virtual meetings with members of Congress. The 60 participants represented a variety of segments within the pet industry, including retailers, suppliers, veterinarians and pet trade organization leaders.

Participants of this year’s event will be able to share their personal stories and discuss their concerns related to government representation of the pet industry, connect with lawmakers, and network with other pet industry professionals.

Lawmaker meetings will be scheduled in advance by the Pet Advocacy Network and will cover the impact of shipping delays/restrictions, production of pet food products, future of animal integration into education and more pet-related topics.

Prior to the Fly-In event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the most recent studies on pet welfare related issues. Pet Advocacy Network will also recognize Representative Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) for his years of dedication to serving pets and for becoming the first veterinarian to serve in Congress.

Registration for the 2022 Pet Care Community D.C. Fly-In will open later this summer.

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