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PIJAC APPOINTS EDWIN SAYRES AS PRESIDENT & CEO          

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council Welcomes Sayres Decades of Animal Welfare Leadership

Washington, DC, August 25, 2014 – Ken Oh, chairman and interim president of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), today announced that Edwin J. Sayres, former president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), has been appointed president and CEO of PIJAC. The PIJAC Board of Directors approved Sayres’ appointment, effective September 1, 2014.

On behalf of the PIJAC board of directors, Oh said, “We believe that Ed Sayres, with 40 years of experience in animal welfare, has the skills to help unite the pet industry and further PIJAC’s mission of promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fostering environmental stewardship and ensuring the availability of pets. Ed understands the critical issues facing the industry today, including those relating to breeding standards and pet sale bans, and he embraces the challenge of finding common ground and solutions. Our decision to appoint Ed was based on his credentials, experience, passion and potential. We are confident that Ed is the right person to lead PIJAC and our industry in developing humane care standards that meet the needs of both pets and pet owners.”

Sayres has been Principal of Sayres Consulting, a nonprofit management consulting and philanthropic advisory firm, since 2013. He served as President and CEO of the ASPCA from 2003 to 2013. Under his leadership, the ASPCA significantly increased its brand equity, fundraising, corporate partnerships and mission outcomes.

At the ASPCA, Sayres introduced and expanded the collaborative no-kill animal shelter model he had developed as president of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF/SPCA). With his guidance, the ASPCA led a successful initiative, working with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, to reduce euthanasia in New York City shelters. As a result, adoptions of animals in these shelters surged from 25% to 75%. The ASPCA replicated the no-kill model in ten major cities across the country, collaborating with municipal and non-profit animal welfare agencies to provide funding and resources to save at-risk animals in those communities.

"I am very pleased to assume leadership of PIJAC to help ensure that all companion animals are treated properly by the industry and their owners," said Sayres. "With the need for meaningful change and transparency more relevant than ever, I look forward to bringing together a broad coalition of industry leaders, animal welfare organizations, companies, associations and individuals to collaborate on developing animal care standards that will benefit pets, consumers and the industry.”

Before joining the ASPCA, Sayres served as president of SF/SPCA from 1998 to 2003. Earlier in his career, he was director of PetSmart Charities, where he managed the grants program and in-store adoptions, placing more than 150,000 animals annually. He also led the Animal Protection Division of the American Humane Association and for 14 years served as President of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, a statewide animal protection agency in New Jersey.

For more information on PIJAC, please visit PIJAC online at www.pijac.org.

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Since 1970, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) has protected pets and the pet industry promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fostering environmental stewardship, and ensuring the availability of pets.  PIJAC members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers representatives, pet hobbyists, and other trade organizations. Through the combined voice of these people, PIJAC serves the best interests of the entire pet industry. For more information, please visit www.pijac.org.