Congratulations to PIJAC President and CEO, Mike Bober, for being honored as a 2022 Leading Association Lobbyist by Association Trends. Mike is being recognized for his leadership and dedication advocating for the pet care community's priorities at all levels of government.
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Congratulations to PIJAC President and CEO, Mike Bober, for being recognized as one of Pet Age's 2021 Power 50 list. Mike has led the pet care community as an advocate on Capitol Hill by engaging with lawmakers on pet-related legislation and by stregthening the visibility of the pet care field through popular events such as the annual legislative fly-in and Meet the Pets on Capitol Hill.
NJ.com - "By expanding the availability of service dogs to include those with mental illnesses and providing for canine training as part of veteran health programs, we anticipate that this law will have a substantial positive impact of the health and well-being of suffering military personnel, and even help mitigate veteran suicides," said Mike Bober, president and chief executive of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.
Spectrum News NY 1 - Mike Bober, president of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, said small pet store owners build their business around establishing connections with customers. Once they sell someone a pet, that customer is likely to come back to buy food and other supplies, sicne these small stores have a harder time competing with box stores when it comes to price.
Spectrum News NY 1 - Mike Bober, CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, a trade group that represents retailers like pet stores, says the issue is one that should be addressed on the federal level. The group maintains that, at the state level, the legislation will actually be more hurtful than helpful.
Researchers in Spain made headlines this week with a study concluding that dog walking raises the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 78%, giving rise to speculation that dogs might touch contaminated surfaces in public and bring the virus home. Read the article here.
An industry coalition came together quickly to ensure America's pets had uninterrupted access to food and supplies to survive an unprecedented global crisis.
The Philadelphia Inquirer - ..."There is misconception that grooming is basically haircuts for dogs," said Mike Bober, president and CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. "The reality is that grooming is much closer to a health service for pets."
People.com - ... The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council echoed that sentiment in a statement Wednesday. "It is important that the public remain confident in the USDA and CDC guidance that there continues to be no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States...
Today.com - On March 16, dozens of store owners and managers submitted an open letter to federal, state and local goverment officials regarding pets and coronavirus precautions. The letter praised governments for the decisive action being taken to slow the pandemic but asked that the well-being of pets be considered.