Pet Partners & PIJAC Bring Therapy Animals to Capitol Hill
Pet Partners and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) brought a group of trained therapy canines to the Hart Senate Office Building and Rayburn House Office Building in Capitol Hill last Wednesday.
This is the third year the organizations have teamed up to bring therapy dogs to help congressman de-stress, and its become a biannual tradition. The canines also happened to visit the day the Democratic House of Representatives impeachment hearings, investigating President Donald Trump, began.
“This is a happy accident,” Mike Bober, president of PIJAC, told PEOPLE, in regards to the visit’s timing. “We had this planned for several months, so when they announced the date of the hearings, we thought ‘if there was ever a time for a bipartisan source of comfort and relief, it’s today."
“Our goal is to improve human health and wellbeing through the animal bond,” said Mary Margaret Callahan, chief missions officer at Pet Partners, "not everyone can have a pet of their own, so this is where therapy animals can be beneficial.”
The therapy animal visit is PIJAC’s most recent visit to Capitol Hill. In September, PIJAC and other pet industry professionals gathered in Washington D.C. for the PIJAC Pet Care Community DC Fly-In, which gave pet industry professionals an opportunity to speak with lawmakers about issues impacting the industry, including supporting veteran access to service animals, expanding funding for animals in education, etc.