Our mission is to represent the experience and expertise of the responsible pet care community to legislative, regulatory, and governing bodies.

Pillars of Our Mission


Animal well-being and responsible pet ownership


Environmental stewardship


The availability of healthy pets

Our History

The Pet Advocacy Network’s advocacy has evolved over the past 50 years to encompass a broad range of pet and pet care community issues. Our origins, however, began with aquatics in the late 1960’s when industry leaders including Marshall Meyers, who served as our CEO from 1971 to 2010, met to discuss government concerns over disease in imported fish. A subsequent challenge to domestic airlines’ excessive animal transport rates in 1970 made it evident that a formal organization to represent the pet industry was needed, and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, or PIJAC for short, was incorporated as a nonprofit trade association on December 7, 1971.

Since then, PIJAC has been involved in nearly every international, federal or state initiative addressing the importation, captive propagation, sale and possession of non-native aquatic ornamentals, birds, reptiles and small mammals, among many other issues. Some have been constant over the past 50 years, such as pet store sales bans, consumer warranties, animal cruelty, and restrictions on sales and possession. Others, including invasive species, zoonotic diseases and breed restrictions, have become more prominent over the years. But the foundation for PIJAC’s advocacy work then and now is our dedication to advancing our mission, and through that, enabling Americans to experience the incredible benefits of the human-animal bond.

In March 2022, after five decades of living our mission, PIJAC formally changed our name to the Pet Advocacy Network to better reflect our organization’s structure and more directly speak to our work as the leading advocate for the responsible pet care community.

Read more about our name change

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We depend on the support of the responsible pet care community to ensure that pet lovers have opportunities to enjoy the companionship of healthy pets, and that the priorities of pet care businesses are protected now and in the future.

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