Dear PIJAC Member,
Over the past week as the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly evolved, PIJAC has been on
the front lines taking action to ensure the health and well-being of everyone
in the responsible pet care community and the animals we care for. On Friday we
coordinated an ongoing outreach effort representing over 300 (and growing)
pet-related businesses and organizations to urge government officials seeking
to impose social distancing measures to exempt businesses and services that
provide for the food, housing and medical needs of pets from mandatory retail
The timeliness of our effort was vital—On Sunday Governor Vázquez Garced of Puerto Rico’s mandatory
closure of non-essential businesses designated animal food and veterinary
services as essential, allowing pet stores to remain open. And yesterday,
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expanded statewide mandatory retail closures
and, once again, pet stores were exempted. Earlier today, six California
counties in the Bay Area have exempted stores that sell pet supplies from their
“shelter in place” order.
If you would like to add your signature and support to this open letter,
please go to PIJAC’s new web page containing information, resources and action
items related to pets and the COVID-19 crisis: pijac.org/covid19
We also urge you to download and send the letter to your local and state
government, regulatory and media contacts. Let
us know who you’ve sent it to. If you get any media
inquiries, we’re happy to help you respond or provide a national
Also on the page at pijac.org/covid19,
you’ll find links to the latest information on pets and COVID-19 as shared by
our partners in pet care at Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other medical
community experts, as well as advice on precautions to take, and how to
communicate with your customers.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud of the strength and dedication to animal health and well-being
of the responsible pet care community as we come together during this crisis.
2020 PIJAC Board Chair
PIJAC President & CEO