The American Kennel Club (AKC) today joined with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and other animal care leaders to urge government officials to help ensure the well-being of animals by allowing businesses that provide products and services for the care of pets to continue to operate during the COVID-19 response. Dennis Sprung, AKC President/CEO, along with more than 780 pet care professionals from across the U.S., sent an open letter to federal, state, and local government officials asking that pet service and supply stores be listed as essential retailers that are exempt from mandatory closures.
“During this extraordinary time, we are challenged to care for our families, neighbors and friends. Our dogs are part of this community. Whether they are pets or service animals, dogs provide remarkable benefits and support to their owners, especially amid uncertainty. For the continued well-being of these animals and their owners, we must have access to pet foods, supplies, and services that may not otherwise be available. The AKC is proud to join with other representatives of the pet care community in asking governments to exempt from closure these essential businesses,” said Sprung.