Animal Welfare and Programs

As pet owners, and as an industry, we have a responsibility to ensure that the animals in our care are treated with kindness and respect, and that pets do not cause environmental or human health problems. PIJAC is a pioneer in developing educational programs for pet owners, the pet industry, related industries, and governmental organizations that address these issues. Below you’ll find some examples of how PIJAC accomplishes its mission.


Professional credentials assure customers, professional associations, and consulting veterinary staff that they are working with people who are knowledgeable and current in basic animal care and husbandry.

Animal Care Resources for Hobbyists & Retailers

Because pets don’t come with an owner’s manual, PIJAC developed Care Sheets for new pet owners. Covering a variety of pets, these Care Sheets provide basic care information including proper housing requirements, diet, and additional items needed to care for new pets.

Zoonotic Disease Prevention Resources

PIJAC is instrumental in protecting the health and safety of pets and pet owners. We proactively address these issues by developing Best Management Practices for animal care. In addition, PIJAC works collaboratively with governmental and non-governmental committees on ways to prevent zoonotic diseases (the transfer of disease from animals to humans) and distributes health alerts when an outbreak does occur.

Environmental Stewardship Programs

Protecting the pets we love, as well as the natural environment for all animals, is part of our mission as pet industry representatives. PIJAC has been instrumental in developing and implementing proactive educational programs to minimize the impact of diseases and invasive species issues on pets, people, and the environment.


HabitattitudeTM inspires and educates people to be both responsible pet owners and environmental stewards, minimizing the impact of invasive species concerns on the environment, economy, and human health.

Bd-Free ‘Phibs

Bd-Free ‘Phibs is an education-outreach program designed to educate those that maintain captive amphibians about the problems posed by Bd and husbandry practices that can be employed to reduce the spread and impact of Bd.

Pet Pathway Toolkit

Pet Pathway Toolkit assists governments, the pet industry, and their partners in establishing programs and policies that prevent the release or escape of pets into the natural environment, where they can become invasive species.

National Reptile Improvement Plan (NRIP)

National Reptile Improvement Plan (NRIP) provides a cooperative Industry-State-Federal program that includes adoption and implementation of Best Management Practices, a quality assurance program, and independent verification through periodic inspections.