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Pet Industry Leaders Release Animal Care Guidelines

- New Guidelines to Advance Training, Education and Proper Pet Handling Are Now Available -

GREENWICH, Conn. – Pet industry leaders today announced that new animal care guidelines and education courses are available at no cost to all pet industry retailers, breeders, pet handlers and care givers at www.pijac.org.The new material is part of an ongoing effort to continuously improve animal care across the pet industry.

The guidelines are a product of a two-year collaborative effort involving leaders from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), the American Pet Products Association (APPA), the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), World Wide Pet Industry Association (WWPIA), the Pet Food Institute (PFI), H.H. Backer, Inc., and veterinarians through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

“The Retail Pet Industry Animal Care Guidelines were created by leaders of the industry to help pet retailers implement voluntary operating procedures to improve animal care,” said Bob Vetere, President, APPA. “To continue to improve the lives of pets and their owners the industry must aspire to the highest levels of responsibility and excellence, and these guidelines are an important step.Retailers that adopt the procedures outlined in the guidelines will help ensure that their animals receiveappropriate care and handling, and will demonstrate to the public that theirfacilities are professionally and responsibly managed,” Vetere continued.

The guidelines address all aspects of pet handling including; facility operations, feeding and nutrition, safety and sanitation, disease prevention, animal welfare, quality assurance, veterinarian consultations, inspections, compliance with laws, written standard operating procedures and employee and consumer education.

“Pet stores that house companion animals are held to high standards by government regulators, the animal welfare community, the media and consumers,” said Marshall Meyers, Executive Vice President, PIJAC. “The best way for pet retailers to ensure that all animals on their premises are maintained and cared for humanely is to implement written operating procedures based on good business practices, and to train all employees to follow these procedures.It is important to recognize that the guidelines are designed to supplement any relevant federal, state or local laws and/or regulations that apply to pet facilities,” said Meyers.

For more information on The Retail Pet Industry Animal Care Guidelines, visit www.pijac.org.

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