Animal Health Institute Celebrates 19th Annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill

Claw-biting Cutest Pet Contest Winners Unveiled with Top Honors Going to Pet Owners from Offices of Reps. Miller and Kelly, Sen. Rubio

Washington, D.C. – (September 29, 2015) The love of animals trumped politics tonight as the Animal Health Institute (AHI) brought together members of Congress and Hill staffers from both sides of the aisle for Pet Night on Capitol Hill. Tuesday night’s event marked the 19th year pet lovers have gathered for the popular event, which included the unveiling of the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill. Top honors in this year’s contest went to “Killer” the dog, from U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller’s Office; “Mila” the cat, from U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly’s office; and “Mack” the horse, from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office.

         

[Winners: Killer from Rep. Miller’s Office, Mila from Rep. Kelly’s Office, and Mack from Sen. Rubio’s Office.]

“AHI’s Pet Night is a favorite on Capitol Hill. This gathering celebrates the bond between people and their pets and also shows us that regardless of politics, we can come together over a shared love of our animal friends,” said Alex Mathews, president and CEO of AHI. “Our fun event also serves as a chance to remind pet owners how the availability of medicine to keep animals healthy plays an important role in promoting the human-animal bond. Increased awareness and understanding about the relationship between human and animal health ultimately helps prevent disease transmission from pets and food animals and helps protect public health.”

During the event, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader unveiled this year’s winners, who were selected via a two-part voting system – demonstrating that even in election season not everyone on Capitol Hill fights like cats and dogs.

First, a panel of Washington, D.C. celebrity judges narrowed a competitive field of hundreds of furry, feathered and scaly entries – nominated by members and staffers – down to the finalists for cutest dog, cutest cat and cutest exotic animal. The judges included: Francesca Chambers of the Daily Mail Online; Ashley Gallagher, DVM, of Friendship Hospital; Erwin Gomez of Karma Beauty Lounge; and Michael Schaffer, editor of Washingtonian. After the naming of finalists, the public voted online to select the winners; nearly 12,000 total votes were cast.

In addition to the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill competition, Pet Night offered attendees the opportunity to meet this year’s celebrity pets – Jagger, canine star of the movie “Max,” and Frosty, who plays Larry the white cat in the hit television program “Modern Family.”

                                    

[Celebrity Pets: Jagger, canine star of the movie “Max,” and Frosty, feline star from the hit television program “Modern Family.”]

For more information about the contest and to view photos from the event, visit: AHI’s Facebook Page

 

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About The Animal Health Institute

The Animal Health Institute (AHI) represents companies that make medicines for pets and farm animals. AHI and its member companies launched the Healthy People. Healthy Animals. Healthy Planet. program to educate the public on the disease-prevention continuum. The initiative continues to unite stakeholders in the pet, agriculture, veterinary and public health communities with the goal of eliminating diseases at the nexus of animal and human health. For more information, please visit www.HealthyAnimals.org.

 

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Andrew Lee

678-517-5138 (c)

 

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