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IBPSA Teams with Animal Policy Group to Bring Legislative Support

IBPSA Teams with Animal Policy Group to Bring Legislative Support for Association Members

February 7, 2019 – The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA), the trade association for the pet care services industry, today announced that it has teamed with the Animal Policy Group to bring additional legislative insight and support for the association’s members. The Animal Policy Group works with organizations to analyze and develop comprehensive policy strategies and the messages to communicate these viewpoints. As the pet care industry has grown so, too, has related legislative action, particularly at the state level of government.

“To advocate for the smartest pet safety and business success, IBPSA provides legislative support to our members by helping educate lawmakers on the intricacies and realties of the industry,” said Carmen Rustenbeck, the association’s CEO and founder. “The Animal Policy Group takes our legislative knowledge and ability to provide support to the next level with their peerless expertise in government relations and animal welfare.”

With the Animal Policy Group’s guidance, IBPSA is currently monitoring thirty-one bills across the United States. The proposed state bills include, among others: pet grooming service regulations; acts defining what constitutes a commercial kennel; pet boarding facility regulations; sales and use tax on animal services; and licensure of dog trainers.

“The Animal Policy Group is excited to work with IBPSA,” said Mark Cushing, the group’s CEO and founder. “Their dedication to raising the bar for the pet care services industry and to their members is unparalleled, as is their commitment to helping ensure legislation is based on an educated, full picture knowledge of the industry and how the legislation could impact pets and the businesses that care for them.”

In April, IBPSA will launch a new regular update on policies and politics featuring a roundup of current legislative actions impacting the pet care services industry. To receive updates, visit


The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) was established to foster and support the pet care services industry and its members including the owners and managers of pet boarding and daycare facilities, veterinarians, pet sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers, and holistic pet care providers. The association provides education, certifications, resources, products, information, and legislative support to help its members succeed. As part of its commitment to education and the business of pet care, IBPSA holds its Seventh Annual Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show, October 1-3, 2019, in Palm Springs, California. Speakers, sessions, and exhibitors are dedicated to helping pet care services grow their business, plan for the future, and maintain personal balance. For more information on IBPSA, visit

About the Animal Policy Group

Too often companies and organizations approach animal policy challenges or opportunities in the silo of a narrow sector. Animal policy is dynamic, and often connects matters of nutrition, healthcare and animal welfare. Effective representation should collaborate across sectors and leverage relationships beyond each organization’s immediate sector. The Animal Policy Group is trained to work with firms to analyze, and then develop comprehensive or simple policy strategies, and the messages to communicate these viewpoints to parties of interest. For more information, visit