Entries by Betsy Thibaut-Stephenson

Pets Can Help Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million people in the U.S. In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness month, AHI is sharing compelling research results that indicate that pets and animal-assisted therapies can have a positive impact on people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Learn more

World Food Day: The Role of Healthy Livestock in Fighting Hunger & Improving Nutrition

World Food Day: The Role of Healthy Livestock in Fighting Hunger & Improving Nutrition World Food Day calls for action to make healthy diets affordable and accessible to everyone, and that starts with thinking about the importance of sustainable, reliable nutrition. About two billion people around the globe suffer from ‘hidden hunger’ or nutrient deficiency. […]

Open Season on Ticks

Whether you’re an outdoorsman or prefer a hike to catch the changing colors and cooler weather, the risk of ticks does not fade with the end of summer. Take steps to protect your animals and yourself from these disease-carrying pests. Learn more

Animals Can Help Cancer Patients

A growing body of research examines the impact that pets and animal-assisted therapy can have on cancer patients, and the prognosis is positive: animals can alleviate psychological distress, facilitate communication between patients and health care providers, and even help detect some types of cancer. Learn more

Vaccinate to Eliminate: The Global Effort to Control Rabies

In the U.S., maintaining our pets’ rabies vaccinations is a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership. Still, rabies is real threat globally: 59,000 people die each year from rabies, mostly children in Africa and Asia. If left untreated, rabies is 100% fatal for humans. Vaccinating dogs is the most cost-effective strategy for preventing rabies in people. […]

Celebrating Pets on Capitol Hill

Last week, members of Congress, their staff, and all-round animal lovers gathered at Pet Night on Capitol Hill to celebrate the human-animal bond. The evening featured special pet guests, including King, the 2019 Westminster Best in Show Winner, and Henry, the avalanche search and rescue dog from the film Superpower Dogs. Additionally, members of Congress […]

Winners of the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest!

We are proud to announce the winners of the annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest. In the spirit of paws-itive politics, this year’s contest saw 230 entries from Congressional offices across the Hill. Top accolades were announced at Pet Night on Capitol Hill by contest judges Representative Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Representative Ted Yoho […]

Around the Barnyard: Farm Animals & Your Health

For many children, visiting a farm with family or school is a right of passage. Farms provide the real-life experience of hearing the “mooooos” and “baaahhhs” children imitate from books and songs. Sometimes, visitors can pet friendly farm animals, enriching their understanding of the world’s creatures and where food comes from. Despite the many benefits […]

Pocket Pets: So Small, But Still a Big Responsibility

Pocket Pets: So Small, But Still a Big Responsibility Mammals so small they can fit in your pocket are an attractive option for those looking to add a pet to their lives. But just like larger, more commonly-found cats and dogs, pocket pets come with important health, habitat, and care needs. Learn more about how […]