The annual Pet Care Community DC Fly-In, brings the responsible pet care community together to carry the message of the power of pets to lawmakers in Congress. The fly-in is an important opportunity to help lawmakers understand the extraordinary positive impact of pets, from the value of the human-animal bond to the significant role of pets in our nation’s economy. During past fly-ins, participants have advocated for important legislation, including the Pet and Women Safety Act (PAWS) and the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act (also PAWS).
Your support, as constituents of the lawmakers who make decisions that impact pets, pet care and pet businesses, is essential. Your personal stories of who you are, what you do and how laws affect you, your family, your business and your community make our issues relevant.
Check back here for more information on the upcoming 2021 DC Fly-In.
Virtual 2020 DC Fly-In Highlights
Given the international pandemic and PIJAC's commitment to protecting the health and safety of pets and people, the 3rd annual Pet Care Community DC Fly-In was held as a virtual event on September 9, 2020, in conjunction with Pet Week on Capitol Hill.
It is as important as ever for elected officials to hear from the responsible pet care community, so PIJAC created an event enabling pet care professionals to connect with lawmakers and their staff online. A series of virtual meetings – conference calls and/or video chats – took place throughout the day on Wednesday, September 9.
Participants were grouped with others from the same home state or region for meetings with Senatorial and Congressional offices, and provided with materials and messages to share on three timely issues. It was an important and successful event that showed the power of pets and the human side of our community to lawmakers and their staff.
Thank you to everyone who participated in 2020!