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Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill

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Rep. John Shimkus with celebrity pets Rep. John Shimkus with celebrity pets
Rep. Kurt Schrader unveiling Pet Night winners Rep. Kurt Schrader unveiling Pet Night winners
Rep. Jeff Dunham with Cutest Dog Rep. Jeff Dunham with Cutest Dog

Celebrity pets like Baxter who stars in the upcoming movie “Anchorman II” and Lord Tubbington, the four-legged star from the award-winning hit series “Glee”, made guest appearances at Animal Health Institute’s fifth annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest.

But they weren’t competing because only members of Congress, their staff and committee staff working on Capitol Hill could nominate their furry, feathered, and scaly friends in the hopes of becoming crowned the next Cutest Dog, Cat or Exotic Pet on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) announced the winners Thursday during AHI’s Pet Night Reception.

Congressman Jeff Denham’s dog, Lily, won Cutest Dog. Cutest Cat was awarded to Avon Barksdale, Aly Lubov’s cat in Congressman Tim Walz’s office. Cutest Exotic Pet went to Senator the Turtle whose proud owner, Megan Thompson, works for Senator Dianne Feinstein.

AHI received hundreds of submissions from offices across the Hill—making it extremely difficult for their esteemed panel of judges, Washingtonian Magazine fashion editor Kate Bennett, Buzzfeed writer Benny Johnson and US News & World Report writer Nikki Schwab, to cast their final votes.

“AHI’s Pet Night is a favorite on Capitol Hill, an event where we celebrate the bond between people and their pets,” says Alex Mathews, President and CEO of AHI. “The availability of medicine to keep animals healthy plays an important role in promoting the human-animal bond. Increased awareness and education about the relationship between human and animal health ultimately helps prevent disease transmission from pets and food animals and helps protect public health.”

AHI and its member companies launched the Healthy People, Healthy Animals, Healthy Planet program to educate the public on the disease-prevention continuum. The initiative continues to unite stakeholders in the pet, agriculture, veterinary and public health communities with the goal of eliminating diseases at the nexus of animal and human health.

For more information about the contest and to view photos from the event, visit:

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