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Creating Change for the Better 


Every day, policymakers at the local, state, and federal level make decisions that could impact the veterinary community, pets and the people who love and care for them. It’s vital that we monitor and respond to these policies by sharing our feedback and experiences. We hope you'll join us by becoming an advocate today!


What a great initiative! Veterinary teams, animal advocates, and pet lovers forming one team to defend and protect animals is a dream come true for me.


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When you sign-up to become an advocate, you’ll receive emails with updates on proposed legislation, rules, and regulations impacting pet health. Often these emails will include a call-to-action like signing a petition, emailing policymakers, tweeting representatives, making phone calls, and more. You’ll also have exclusive access to advocacy webinars, trainings, and in-person meetings with government officials.

Sign-up to become an NAVC advocate then keep an eye on your inbox for your first opportunity to take action on veterinary advocacy.


Use the button below to look up your local elected officials, and reach out to them to say hello either on social media or through email. It's important they know you're a member of the local community who is knowledgeable in animal health.


Current Priorities

Ask Your Representative to Support the Healthy Dog Importation Act

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Over one million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. However, only about one percent of those are screened for diseases such as rabies, influenza, hepatitis, distemper, and others. This poses a serious health threat not just to other dogs and household pets, but to our livestock and food supply.

The Healthy Dog Importation Act would require every dog entering the country to be permanently identified, in good health, and certified by a licensed veterinarian that it has received all the proper vaccinations. The bill would also streamline federal oversight, ensuring documentation and import permits are shared electronically between APHIS, CDC, and Customs and Border Patrol, while clarifying APHIS’ key enforcement authority.

Urge Congress to Pass the Service Dogs Assisting Veterans (SAVES) Act

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The animal health community was proud to support the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, which passed in 2021 and created a five-year pilot program to provide training and access to service dogs for approved veterans. This program is up and running, with five VA medical centers acting as pilot sites.

Now, Congress has introduced the Service Dogs Assisting Veterans (SAVES) Act - S. 2067. The SAVES Act supports and expands the PAWS Act by establishing a grant program that would authorize $10 million per year for the next five years and establish an application process for nonprofit organizations experienced in training service dogs to seek these grants.

Make Pet Food Labels Consistent (PURR Act)

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Pet food manufacturers currently navigate a confusing, costly, and conflicting dual regulatory system that hasn't been updated in nearly 100 years. The PURR Act would streamline the outdated system by granting sole authority to the FDA to regulate the labeling and marketing of pet food while eliminating the state-by-state regulatory patchwork.

The PURR Act would also assign responsibility to the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine for conducting science-based reviews of pet food ingredients, submitting an annual report to Congress on performance metrics, educating pet owners, veterinarians, and the companion animal industry about pet food safety, and conducting research to support and improve pet food policies and regulatory decisions.


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Introduce Yourself to Your

State Legislators

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Across the United States, thousands of state legislators have been sworn into elected office. They will be making important decisions every day on issues they may know nothing about.

Let’s ensure state legislators make informed decisions about animal health, the veterinary health profession, and the human-animal bond. You are an expert on these topics and an important resource in your community. Help elevate veterinary advocacy.

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Economic Impact Report


Pet ownership and animal health care are a vital part of the nation's economy. Take a moment to explore the Pet Advocacy Network's Economic Impact Reports showcasing this value.

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Victories!

Thanks to your support, we are excited to celebrate the passage of the below initiatives. With your continued support, we hope to add many more to this list in the future.

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Pets Will Be Protected From Hot Cars

Thanks in part to the voices of our Embrace advocates, important provisions in the Hot Cars Act were included in the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Now that the bill has been signed by President Biden, the U.S. Department of Transportation is mandated to take action aimed at preventing deaths of children and pets left behind in hot vehicles.

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The PAWS Act Has Passed!

Pairing a veteran with a Service Dog can cost up to $25,000 — including training, follow-up services, and support. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS Act) allows veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to apply for a grant through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the necessary costs for these services – including veterinary services.

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Roughly 20 veterans per day die by suicide, often because they don’t have access to effective treatment. These veterans deserve a choice in their recovery from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma. In a recent long-term VA study, the VA found that “there was a 3.7-point drop in PTSD symptoms among those with service dogs, along with sleep improvements and declines in suicidality and anger.”

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The One Health Act

The One Health Act brings together animal and human health experts across federal agencies to create a One Health Framework. The One Health Framework is an innovative approach to monitoring, preventing, and responding to future zoonotic outbreaks, like COVID-19, by acknowledging the interconnected health of humans and animals.

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Check out our Newsletter Updates

Discover the power of your voice for animals with the launch of the NAVC Embrace Advocacy Bulletin. Over the past five years, tens of thousands of passionate advocates like you have driven positive change for pets and the human-animal bond. Now, this monthly newsletter keeps that momentum going strong.


April

Stay informed on critical state legislative calendars, learn how the PURR Act could create uniform pet food labeling standards, and hear from elected leaders like former Congressman Kurt Schrader on why veterinary professionals should run for office. With valuable resources, ways to take action, and inspiring victories to celebrate, the Advocacy Bulletin empowers you to embrace your role as an influential voice for the voiceless.

May

Immerse yourself in Embrace's May advocacy bulletin. Discover groundbreaking legislation to provide more service dogs to those in need through the proposed SAVES Act. Gain eye-opening insights on the heartbreaking impacts of domestic violence on pets through a compelling podcast. Stay informed on major wins like funding for a new veterinary college and the formation of an influential Congressional Veterinary Caucus. This must-read update will equip and inspire you to embrace your role as a champion for the human-animal bond and create lasting, compassionate change.

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