COVID-19 Information

During these extraordinary times, PIDA is here to assist and support the pet care community.

We are committed to support the pet care community in the face of this crisis. Our focus will be on providing you with information you need to protect your business, your employees and your customers. We’ll do that through frequent email updates, web posts and webinars.

Please let us know what your challenges are so that we can gather resources to provide solutions.

The pet care community has a special role to play in helping the world get through this crisis. Pets are our comfort in good times and in bad and they will help us feel a little less isolated and fearful. Our responsibility is to support the pet products supply chain to help our pets stay healthy, safe and happy. We at PIDA pledge to do all we can to help you fulfill that responsibility.


PIDA joins Coalition letter with 564 total groups (229 National and 335 Regional/State Affiliates) calling on Congress to make the PPP loan forgiveness to be fully tax-free.  (December 3, 2020)

PIDA joins Coalition letter of over 110 business and financial trades calling for the inclusion of PPP streamlined forgiveness & expanded hold harmless legislation to be included in any PPP legislation that will be moving through Congress. (November 19, 2020)

PIDA joins Coalition Letter with 113 associations and businesses to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice requesting their urgent attention to the proliferating fraudulent business practice of selling falsified or stolen association mailing lists, and event attendee and/or exhibitor lists. (October 1, 2020)

PIDA joins Coalition letter with more than 100 Financial Service, Business and Non-profit Trade Associations asking for Congress to pass S. 4117 & H.R. 7777 legislation that would streamline PPP forgiveness process along with expanding the hold harmless protections for lenders.  (September 17, 2020)

PIDA joins the Small Business Legislative Council’s (SBLC) Coalition Letter in Support of the Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Enhancement Act (HR 7894). (September 14, 2020)

PIDA joins 120 associations in a Coalition Letter urging The United States Senate to expand the small business eligibility for the proposed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Second Draw. (August 5, 2020)

PIDA joins more than 170 associations on a Coalition Letter asking Congress to include a technical correction addressing the tax treatment of loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). (August 4, 2020)

PIDA signs on Coalition Letter in support of H.R. 7777, “The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act”. (July 31, 2020)

PIDA joins 480 organizations signing onto the Coalition Letter calling for passage of the timely, targeted, and temporary COVID-19 liability protections set forth in S. 4317, the “SAFE TO WORK Act." (July 30, 2020)

PIDA Signs Onto Joint Trades Coalition Letter in Support of Senate Bill 4117 “The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act.” (July 9, 2020)

Pet Care Community Premieres Video and Infographic With Tips on Keeping Your Pandemic Pets as Things Get Back to Normal-"ish" Leading pet care organizations join together to help pet owners and fosters (June 24, 2020)

PIDA Signs Onto Association Coalition Letter in Support of the (JOBS Credit) Act of 2020 (June 15, 2020)

Pet Care Community Adapts to COVID-19 ‘New Normal’ With Additional Safety Measures to Ensure Our Nation’s Pets are Cared For. Businesses focus on serving customers, pets, employees and communities safely and effectively as closure mandates lift (June 8,2020)

Infographic from Pet Care Community Offers Tips for Keeping “Pandemic Pets” as Things Get Back to "Normal-ish." Leading pet care organizations join together to help pet owners and fosters (June 4, 2020)

PIDA joins the US Chamber of Commerce and over 200 organizations urging Congress to provide temporary and targeted liability protections for businesses struggling to reopen and operate safely during the COVID19 pandemic. (May 27, 2020)

PIDA Signs Onto “Fix PPP” Small Business Coalition Letter Sent to the Administration and Congress (May 21, 2020)

The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) Alert on the Small Business Administration (SBA) on PPP Loan Forgiveness Application (May 19, 2020)

PIDA joins more than 150 Associations onto Letter Requesting Congress Amend the Cares Act in response to IRS Notice 2020-32 (May 7, 2020)

PIDA signs onto Coalition Letter asking Congress for an accelerated write-off of Bad Debt (May 5, 2020)

PIJAC Open Letter to Federal, State & Local Government Officials Regarding Pets and COVID-19 Precautions (April 27, 2020 / Original Letter March 13, 2020)

PIDA joins more than 200 trade groups on a letter urging Congress to quickly authorize Additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funding. (April 15, 2020)

PIDA signs onto Coalition Letter requesting consistent definition of “Critical Infrastructure” This letter urges officials to use the U.S. Department of Homeland’s Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines as a uniform baseline for all future closure and shelter-in-place actions. (March 25, 2020)

Retail Trade Association Economic Stimulus Letter to the President (March 21, 2020)


Pet Care Community Virtual Town Halls

Pet Care Community Virtual Town Hall, 2nd Edition Group Discussion: Helping Brick & Mortar Retailers: What We Can ALL Do Today to Help Them Recover  (Recorded April 30) View Recording

Pet Care Community Virtual Town Hall Group Discussion: Safe Operations and Effective Communications During COVID-19 Crisis (recorded April 9, 2020) View Recording


PIJAC Resources on COVID-19 and Pets

PIJAC’s open letter to Senators Cory A. Booker and Lindsey O. Graham and Representatives Mike Quigley and Michael T. Mccaul regarding requested ban on the international trade of live wildlife. Add your signature to the Google document).

PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) is maintaining a list that provides links to state and local government pages, as well as very valuable information, resources, and action items related to COVID-19.

Chloroquine Phosphate: Information for Industry: PIJAC staff have worked with their experts to put together information for the industry regarding Chloroquine Phosphate:

  • A PDF of this information can be found on their website here.
  • PIJAC’s media statement can be found on their website here.


    COVID-19 Initiated Laws

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    Effective April 1, 2020

    U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published more guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it goes into effect on April 1, 2020.

    Click here for Fact Sheets, Questions and Answers links, Required Posters and Field Assistance Bulletin.

    Click here for highlighted information on the FAQs from the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC).

    (Please note that SBLC highlighted that the DOL has published the model notice that employers will be required to post and advise employees of their rights under the FFCRA.  However, the DOL will need to revise and reissue these notices before April 1 as the CARES Act changes the maximum that an employee may receive while on emergency FMLA (reducing the max from $12,000 to $10,000. Please continue to check DOL site linked above.)   

    Click here for more information about the laws enforced by the WHD, or call 866-4US-WAGE.


    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act for Small Businesses

    The CARES Act tasks the Small Business Administration (SBA) with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars in loans and grants to help small businesses survive the pandemic.  It also provides additional funding for SBA’s Resource Partners to provide advice and training to help small businesses respond to the unprecedented challenges in communities throughout the country.

    Click here for SBA’s website: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

    The CARES Act - What You Need To Know - from Small Business Legislative Council

    The CARES ACT Webinar from the Small Business Legislative Council (Free for PIDA members, member login required)

    Click here for CARES Act Flow Chart

    Click here for The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

    Click here for PowerPoint from SBA Webinar


    HABRI Resources

    Click here for HABRI’s infographic highlighting the health benefits of the human-animal bond.


    Association Resources for PIDA Members

    PIDA Staff Directory (PIDA headquarters office is closed but we are all working remotely)

    Retailer Webinar Series: Tips, Tactics and Strategies for Managing Day to Day Business in Uncertain Times

    Archive : Coronavirus Economic Impact Series: The Good, Bad and the Ugly - What Happens to the Economy Now? (hosted by APPA)

    Archive : The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Supply Chain & Mitigative Strategies (hosted by APPA) 

    NAW: Providing latest news affecting wholesale distribution industry

    Useful Links

    COVID-19 Restriction Tracking Information - State by State (Updated Google Doc by Pinogy)

    COVID-19 Emergency Orders - State and Local (Updated PDF by National Association of Manufacturers)

    CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

    CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    World Health Organization

    OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)

    Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

    Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Interactive Map 

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (PDF) (passed March 18, 2020: Credit to Paley Rothman for this summary)

    Information from EPA about disinfectants that can be utilized to address COVID-19

    IRS - FAQs regarding the extended time from April 15 to July 15 for filing Federal Income Tax Returns and paying the income tax due. Note that the deadline for making contributions to IRAs for 2019 is extended to July 15, 2020 (Q & A 17)


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