AHI Announces Winners of the 2023 Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest


Congratulations to Sandwich the dog, Henry the cat, and Razz the horse for winning the 2023 Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest.

“The Cutest Pets Contest, held in conjunction with HABRI’s Pet Night on Capitol Hill, is a longstanding favorite event on the Hill where we celebrate the bond between people and their pets, said Alex Mathews, President and CEO of AHI. “Research shows that pets play an important role in contributing to the health and well-being of their owners. AHI engages with Congress on policies that help keep our pets healthy, like the Animal Drug User Fee Act. The animal health industry is dedicated to safeguarding animal health and wellness and nurturing and protecting the human-animal connection.”

The Cutest Dog 2023 goes to Sandwich, who belongs to Megan Guiltinan of the office of Rep. Andy Barr (KY-6). Henry is the Cutest Cat, proudly owned by Emily Hall from the office of Nathaniel Moran (TX-01). The Cutest Exotic is Razz the donut-loving horse, who is owned by Kirby Tidmore in the office of Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01)

AHI thanks the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Rep. Greg Pence (IN-6) and Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-8), who served as judges for the contest.

“As a pet owner myself, I know first-hand the importance of pets in our lives,” said Congressman Greg Pence (IN-6). “I am excited to be a judge of the 15th annual Cutest Pets Contest and I want to extend my thanks to the Animal Health Institute for organizing this event and all of the beneficial work they do.”

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to bring together members from both parties to share our mutual affection and admiration for our pets. It’s also a great reminder that ensuring the health and safety of our pets and animals is crucial for both their wellbeing and ours,” said Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-08). “In Congress I’ve continued to advocate for animal health through legislation like ADUFA to get new, innovative, safe veterinary medications to market. I’m glad to partner with AHI to celebrate our pets and bring awareness to this important issue.”