Nestlé Purina Joins Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI) Steering Committee

  Nestlé Purina Joins Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI)
  Steering Committee

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WASHINGTON -- November 28, 2012

Bob Vetere, president of HABRI, on behalf of the HABRI Trustees that include
APPA, Pfizer Animal Health and Petco are pleased to welcome John Saguto, Vice
President, Pet Specialty Group at Nestlé Purina PetCare to the organization’s
Steering Committee. Purina joins 13 additional Steering Committee members all
in support of achieving widespread recognition of the human-animal bond and
the positive roles animals have on human health.

“At Purina, we understand the deep bond and important roles of pets in our
lives, because we’re pet lovers and pet parents, too,” Saguto said. “We’ve
been helping dogs and cats live happy, healthy lives for more than 80 years,
and we are always looking to partner with others who also promote responsible
pet care.”

As a HABRI Steering Committee member, Purina will help  provide executive
strategic leadership and support as the organization moves forward to gain
recognition that validates the positive roles animals have on the health and
wellbeing of families and communities.

Purina joins 13 additional Steering Committee members which include: American
Humane Association (AHA); American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA);
Bayer Animal Health; Central Garden and Pet; Hartz; Hill’s Pet Nutrition;
Morris Animal Foundation; Natural Balance; PetSafe; PetSmart; Segrest Farms,
funded by Allen Levey; Sergeants; and WellPet. Together, with HABRI
Association Supporters and founders, they will identify and fund new research
topics, promote and engage audiences to use the online research hub – HABRI
Central, as well as foster government relations and support to continue
research on the benefits of the human-animal bond.

“We are pleased to welcome Nestlé Purina to HABRI and are grateful to receive
their support and commitment to the study of the human-animal bond,” Vetere
said. “Their expertise and influence as one of the industry’s top leaders will
greatly help support HABRI’s overall mission to gain widespread recognition of
the positive roles animals have in our lives.”

To support the organization’s vision and mission, HABRI has established four
initial work groups composed of Steering Committee members. The work groups
include: Research Work Group; Support Work Group; Government Affairs Work
Group; and Communication and Education Work Group.

The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI) is a national,
non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting the positive role animals play in
the health and well being of people, families and communities. HABRI, in
partnership with Purdue University, has also created a comprehensive online
research center, HABRI Central. HABRI Central serves as a comprehensive
bibliography and repository of scholarly material, an online publishing
platform for peer-reviewed content, and a virtual collaborative community for
those involved in human-animal studies. Dr. Alan Beck, Director of Purdue
University School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for the Human-Animal Bond
and Charles Watkinson, Director of Purdue University Press, oversees the
development of the project. An editorial board of internationally acclaimed
experts in the field guides content development to ensure that it remains
relevant to the human-animal studies community.

For more information on HABRI visit or contact Brooke Gersich at for additional information or executive

About Habri:

Founded by The American Pet Product Association (APPA), Petco Animal Supplies
Inc., and Pfizer Animal Health, HABRI is a broad coalition of companies,
organizations, entities and individuals whose mission is to achieve formal,
widespread scientific recognition that validates and supports the positive
roles of pets and animals in the integrated health of families and
communities, leading to informed decisions in human health. 1155 Fifteenth
Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC20005 (202) 580-6280

About Nestle Purina:

Nestle' Purina PetCare, a global leader in the pet care industry, promotes
responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive
bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestle
Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis,
Missouri.Nestle' Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestle' S.A., the world's
largest food company.


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