Alexandria, Va. – December 7, 2021 – Today, December 7, 2021, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council proudly announces the 50th anniversary of our founding on December 7, 1971. For five decades, as the legislative and regulatory voice of the responsible pet care community, Pet Advocacy Network, (Formerly, PIJAC) has worked to improve animal care, foster environmental stewardship, promote and protect opportunities to benefit from the human-animal bond through pet ownership, and much more.

“This is an important moment in history not only for Pet Advocacy Network, but for the responsible pet care community as a whole,” said Mike Bober, Pet Advocacy Network president and CEO. “This organization’s work over the past 50 years has made an immeasurable impact in so many ways, from positively influencing pet-related policy, to establishing critical productive relationships with domestic and international governing bodies, to collecting and sharing the expertise of animal health and care experts across disciplines and industries for the betterment of animal well-being, and so much more.”

Pet Advocacy Network is kicking off a yearlong celebration this month, beginning with a series of social media posts depicting 50 memorable moments from Pet Advocacy Network’s history of positive pet and pet care advancements. There will be commemoration events at two trade shows in 2022, the American Pet Products Association’s Global Pet Expo in Orlando March 23-25, and the World Pet Association’s SuperZoo in Las Vegas August 22-25. Pet Advocacy Network will also be making a momentous announcement in Orlando on March 22, as we look to the next 50 years of protecting and advancing the power of pets.

“It is an honor to be serving as Pet Advocacy Network’s chair of the board of directors during this significant milestone,” said John Mack III, Pet Advocacy Network board chair and CEO of Reptiles by Mack in Xenia, Ohio. “The incredible accomplishments of this organization over the past 50 years are due entirely to the dedicated and hardworking members and staff past and present, and to the generous support of individuals and organizations who share our commitment to promoting opportunities for families to enjoy the incredible benefits of pet ownership with the well-treated pet of their choice.”

The future is bright for pets, pet owners and the businesses that provide the products and services to care for them, with the percentage of U.S. households containing at least one pet growing to 70 percent, according to the APPA 2021-2022 National Pet Owners Survey. However, legislative and regulatory challenges that seek to restrict opportunities for pet ownership or impede access to pet care products and services have also intensified, so Pet Advocacy Network’s future work is critical.

“As we continue to monitor and engage on legislation and regulations at the local, state and federal levels, we at Pet Advocacy Network remain steadfast in our goal of improving pet well-being and supporting opportunities to experience the human-animal bond throughout the next 50 years,” said Bober.

About Pet Advocacy Network
Founded in 1971, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (Pet Advocacy Network, Formerly PIJAC) represents the experience and expertise of the responsible pet care community to legislative, regulatory, and governing bodies in order to promote animal well-being and responsible pet ownership, foster environmental stewardship, and ensure the availability of healthy pets. Pet Advocacy Network members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists, and other trade organizations.