Research has shown that owning a dog can have many physical and emotional benefits for humans, especially military veterans. American Humane's CEO Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., will discuss the healing power of man's best friend at the American Feed Industry Association's upcoming Pet Food Conference, happening on Feb. 12, 2019, in conjunction with the International Production and Processing Expo.

American Humane is a national organization that serves animals in need of rescue, shelter or protection. It has a 100-year history of serving veterans, and the animals with which they serve, in combat.

During her Pet Food Conference presentation, Ganzert will explain American Humane's work to require the armed forces' working dogs to be brought back to U.S. soil upon their retirement and that their handlers, and their families, be given the first rights to adopt the animals. She will also review American Humane's programs to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury obtain lifesaving service dogs. Through their military-based programs, American Humane supports military families in need with healing therapy animals, recognizes and honors the lifesaving contributions of military hero dogs and provides healthcare to military animals when they finish their service.

See the agenda to learn more about the other speakers at this year's Pet Food Conference. The conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2019.

Register for IPPE and the Pet Food Conference before Jan. 14 to receive early-bird discount rates of $75. The fee increases to $95 after Jan. 15. If you have questions about registering for the Pet Food Conference, please contact Connie Samuels, AFIA's manager of meetings and events.