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Open Lettes & Position Statements

Since its inception in 2012, PPG has developed a number of Position Statements on key issues that we believe are central to the organization's Guiding Principles. PPG doesnotmaintain positions on areas of the pet industry that are not central to its purpose and goals. When members sign up to join PPG, they do so based on its stated Guiding Principles. These include the organization's Vision, Mission and Values. All positions taken by PPG mustrepresent the general membership and not subsets of that membership.

On occasion, and where deemed applicable, PPG also publishes statements for educational purposes in an Open Letter format. These Open Letters are intended for a wide audience and are published for a number of reasons:

  1. They are tools PPG members can use in their businesses to help them engage and educate partners, colleagues and clients on industry-relevant issues.
  2. They help focus a broad attention on important and relevant topics that PPG is taking action on through its nonprofit association status.
  3. They help start a wider discussion around important issues that are central to PPG's Guiding Principles 


Please feel free to share PPG's Position Statements and Open Letters or cite from them in any academic, industry, or otherwise related publication. We ask only that you cite themcorrectly with a link back to the originalon the PPG website.

Paraphrse Citation

Sample citation: Pet Professional Guild. (2016). Open Letter to Veterinarians on Referrals to Training and Behavior Professionals. Available at:

Use of Larger Portions of Text

A Text extract represents less than or equal to 400 contiguous words or less than one page of PPG  content, excluding figures and tables. For permission to reuse larger extracts please contact PPG for prior approval and directions on how to accurately cite and link back to the PPG origionally owned work.

© Copyright 2012-2019 Pet Professional Guild.  All rights reserved. If quoting any part of this article, please respect our copyright and attribute it to the Pet Professional Guild  and include a link back to the original article on the PPG website.

About Shock-Free Coalition

The Shock-Free Coalition believes that pets have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely,to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in a safe, enriched environment free from force, pain and fear.

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