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.

 

Contact:

Andrew Lee

678-517-5138 (c)

 

Press Briefing: With Celebrity Pets & Their Trainers

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT

The Animal Health Institute hosts a press briefing, photo opportunity and reception with celebrity pets and their trainers

WHO

Jagger: canine star of the movie “Max”

Frosty: the white cat who plays “Larry” in the hit television program “Modern Family”

WHEN

Tuesday, September 29

4:30 p.m.                     Media briefing with opportunity to meet Jagger, Frosty, and their trainers

5:00 p.m.                     Announcement of winner of the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.          Pet Night on Capitol Hill Reception

 

WHERE

Cannon Caucus Room 345

Cannon House Office Building

1st Street and Independence Ave, SE

 

RSVP

Please RSVP to Andrew Lee (202) 706-7759

For day-of media queries contact (202) 706-7800

 

(Washington, DC) Tuesday, September 22, 2015 — On September 29, the Animal Health Institute (AHI) will host its 19th annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill where members of Congress, their staff, and friends of the animal health community gather to celebrate America’s pets. This year’s celebrity guests include Jagger, canine star of the movie “Max” and Frosty, who plays “Larry” the white cat in the hit television program “Modern Family.”

Pet Night includes the unveiling of the 7th annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest, with the presentation of the Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat and Cutest Exotic pets of Capitol Hill as nominated by members of Congress and Hill staff.  Finalists were chosen by judges Francesca Chambers of the Daily Mail Online, Ashley Gallagher, DVM, of Friendship Hospital, Erwin Gomez of Karma Beauty Lounge, and Michael Schaffer of Washingtonian.  The general public is currently voting online at http://healthyanimals.org/vote to select the ultimate winners from among the finalists; winners in each category will be announced during the Pet Night reception.

Attendees are invited to mix and mingle with colleagues and pose for photos with the celebrity guests. In addition to being an annual favorite among Hill staff and animal lovers alike, the event raises awareness about the important connection between animal health and human health.

Celebrity Pets and Animal Fans Come Together for the 19th Annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT

The Animal Health Institute hosts a press briefing, photo opportunity and reception with celebrity pets and their trainers

 

WHO

Jagger: canine star of the movie “Max”

Frosty: the white cat who plays “Larry” in the hit television program “Modern Family”

 

WHEN

Tuesday, September 29

4:30 p.m.                     Media briefing with opportunity to meet Jagger, Frosty, and their trainers

5:00 p.m.                     Announcement of winner of the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.          Pet Night on Capitol Hill Reception

 

WHERE

Cannon Caucus Room 345

Cannon House Office Building

1st Street and Independence Ave, SE

 

RSVP

Please RSVP to Andrew Lee (202) 706-7759

For day-of media queries contact (202) 706-7800

 

(Washington, DC) Tuesday, September 22, 2015 — On September 29, the Animal Health Institute (AHI) will host its 19th annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill where members of Congress, their staff, and friends of the animal health community gather to celebrate America’s pets. This year’s celebrity guests include Jagger, canine star of the movie “Max” and Frosty, who plays “Larry” the white cat in the hit television program “Modern Family.”

 

Pet Night includes the unveiling of the 7th annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest, with the presentation of the Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat and Cutest Exotic pets of Capitol Hill as nominated by members of Congress and Hill staff.  Finalists were chosen by judges Francesca Chambers of the Daily Mail Online, Ashley Gallagher, DVM, of Friendship Hospital, Erwin Gomez of Karma Beauty Lounge, and Michael Schaffer of Washingtonian.  The general public is currently voting online at http://healthyanimals.org/vote to select the ultimate winners from among the finalists; winners in each category will be announced during the Pet Night reception.

 

Attendees are invited to mix and mingle with colleagues and pose for photos with the celebrity guests. In addition to being an annual favorite among Hill staff and animal lovers alike, the event raises awareness about the important connection between animal health and human health.

Animal Health Institute Announces Judges for 2015 Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest

Journalists, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Animal Health Expert to Judge 7th Annual Capitol Hill Contest

Washington, D.C. – September 14, 2015 The Animal Health Institute (AHI) announced four judges for this year’s Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest. The 2015 judges include both contest veteran judges and some participating for the first time.

  • Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent – Daily Mail Online
  • Dr. Ashley Gallagher, DVM – Friendship Hospital for Animals
  • Erwin Gomez, Celebrity Makeup Artist – Karma Beauty Lounge
  • Michael Schaffer, Editor – Washingtonian

The judges will select the five cutest pets in three categories – dog, cat and exotic animal. The public voting will determine the cutest pet in each category. Online voting will be held from September 17 through September 24 on the Healthy Animals website.

“The Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest is a beloved and anticipated tradition in town,” said Ron Phillips, vice president of legislative and public affairs, AHI. “We love seeing the submissions and are excited for everyone to participate by voting for the cutest pets on the Hill.”

Winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony on Tuesday, September 29 that coincides with Pet Night on Capitol Hill. This year’s celebrity pets are Frosty, who plays Larry on the award-winning television show Modern Family and Jagger, star of the movie Max.

Members of Congress and Hill staffers were eligible to nominate their dogs, cats and exotic pets for entry.

 

Media Inquiries:

Andrew Lee

202-706-7759

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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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