Pet owners should support animal research. Many first-time pet owners quickly learn how health problems—surprise!—affect our four legged friends just as they do people. Dogs get urinary tract infections and cancer. Cats get cataracts and diabetes. But researchers have found ways to help—often using the same treatments originally created for humans.

Animal research is one of the most important steps in finding new ways to improve health and well-being for all. Animal testing is often the only way to make sure new medicines we take or give to our pets are safe and effective.

And yes, it’s a really complicated issue.

That’s why FBR put together this campaign. To help all Americans understand the goals, benefits, and regulation of research with animals. Love Animals? Support Animal Research is funded by FBR, a nonprofit that works to promote broader understanding of how studies with animals lead to improved health for people and their pets. FBR receives no government funding. It’s underwritten by individual, academic, and corporate supporters who understand the value of animal research in scientific and medical discovery.

In this campaign, FBR is joined by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Together with the AALAS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, the organizations have partnered with FBR on this initiative because they understand animal studies are responsible for discoveries that will further improve the lives of our pets.

Explore campaign pages on this site to learn about the health problems shared by humans and animals, as well as the ways in which dogs and cats have benefited from animal research. Plus, answer any questions you may have about the subject, and download the free 28-page campaign brochure.

We have some work to do.

FBR conducted professional focus groups and follow up polls to gauge how people feel about animal research. We found they are likelier to be supportive when they understand how it benefits their pets.
1. Poll 1: Overview
2. Poll 2: Detail

Photo credit: Texas A & M University