U.S. Pet Care Community DC Fly-In

Join us for the 4th annual Pet Care Community D.C. Fly-In this fall on Wednesday, October 20 to share your story and make critical connections with lawmakers in Congress.

Due to uncertainty around in-person gatherings on Capitol Hill, this event is expected to be primarily virtual, as it was in 2020 due to the pandemic. Last year was the first time this event had ever gone online which means that we have laid the groundwork to make the 2021 fly-in another incredibly successful event.

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 elected officials who make decisions that impact pets, pet care and pet businesses, is essential. Your personal stories of how laws affect you, your family, your business and your community make our issues relevant. PIJAC does all the logistical work for you so that you can focus on sharing who you are and what you do with lawmakers.

We’ll see you in October because lawmakers need to learn about the incredible power of pets from the responsible pet care community.

Visit petnight.com for information on Pet Week on Capitol Hill, our partner event sponsored by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), that will take place online October 18-22. HABRI, PIJAC and the Pet Food Institute are also hopeful that we’ll be able to co-host an in-person Pet Night on October 20.  

Check back here on the event’s official page for more information on the upcoming 2021 Pet Care Community DC Fly-In, registration will open in late summer.


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!