Right Start Membership

Advance Your Pet Startup or Early-Stage Pet Business 

Right Start is a one year only associate membership category that specifically addresses the unique concerns of pet startups and emerging pet product businesses. Right Start members will get access to the industry data, market research, education and advice they need to succeed.  Right Start members are not eligible to exhibit at Global Pet Expo. 

Right Start membership includes:

  • APPA National Pet Owners Survey

  • Informative Webcasts, White Papers and Newsletters

  • Advice from Experts with APPA Business Edge

  • Export-Import Solutions Center

  • Government & Regulatory Affairs Assistance

 After one year, Right Start members may apply for full membership at a discounted rate to continue service and be eligible to exhibit at Global Pet Expo.


Right Start Membership is open to businesses that meet the following requirements: 

  • Applicants must provide one (1) of the following documents as proof that they are a legal business entity in the U.S.:

            -taxpayer I.D., articles of incorporation, lease agreement, or a certificate of good standing.  

  • Applicants must provide proof that they are actively engaged in launching a product for use by the pet or pet owner including the following:

           -One (1) diagram, brochure, or other visual depiction of the product.
           -One (1) letter of intent or purchase order from a supplier, pending patent, or invoice & shipping document from a direct to consumer sale. 

  • The pet product must ultimately be intended for sale to retailers, wholesalers, or distributors.

A $350 joining fee and dues of $590 must be submitted before final Board approval.


Each application is reviewed by staff and then sent for final approval by the APPA Board of Directors. Applications submitted without all of the
required documents and payment will not be considered for final approval. 

Right Start members are not eligible to exhibit at Global Pet Expo, do not have voting privileges, and have access to all other applicable member benefits. 

Members are eligible to remain in the Right Start category for one (1) dues year. At the end of that year, if eligible, the member may apply for a
Domestic Manufacturer Membership at a discounted rate.   

If you have any questions, please contact the Membership Sales Department atmembers@americanpetproducts.org, or call Karyn Bennitt at (203) 532-3607.


** In order to access the Membership Application, all applicants must first create an individual AND company account in APPA's Portal** 
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