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Pethealth Inc. is pleased to announce that it has become a lead sponsor of the Atlanta Humane Society’s Humane Emergency Animal Rescue Team (“H.E.A.R.T.”) Mobile, now being used in the south east region of the United States. The agreement runs through 2012.

The Atlanta Humane Society (“AHS”) will be using the vehicle in its own outreach efforts, bringing animals from overcrowded shelters to its own facilities. The AHS completed 5,500 adoptions in 2009, up 15% from 2008. With plans to build a new state of the art 100,000 sq ft facility on 10 acres, which will be the largest in the United States, the AHS is positioning itself to be the leading animal welfare organisation in the United States. To this end, it has also become one of the first animal welfare organisations to put its own vehicles on the road, rescuing and bringing up to 100 adoptable dogs per week from rescued and overcrowded organisations as far away as Louisiana to its own facilities where demand for dogs from those pet owners wishing to adopt currently outstrips its own supply.

“We are very pleased to be assisting Atlanta Humane Society in its initiatives,” said Mark Warren,President and Chief Executive Officer of Pethealth Inc. “In addition to providing financial assistance in the ongoing operations of H.E.A.R.T., we are also working with Atlanta Humane to make sure that all organisations from which it receives pets are also running our PetPoint animal management software. As a SaaS-based application, data and related information on those animals being transferred can be sent by ‘the click of a mouse’ from one organisation to another, thereby eliminating unnecessary paperwork but, more importantly, ensuring that disease and related health issues can be effectively controlled.”

PetPoint is the most widely used animal management software. The application is licensed by over 1,350 animal welfare organisations in the United States and Canada. In 2009 alone, over 1.8-million animal intakes and over 680,000 adoptions were completed by organisations running PetPoint. In return for its financial contribution, Pethealth’s own adoptable search site, petango.com, is now the featured brand on the H.E.A.R.T. Mobile. Petango is the fastest growing adoptable search web site.
In December, over 1-million unique visitors went to petango.com to look for pets to adopt. Additionally, more animal welfare organisations in North America run PetPoint than any other animal management software.  PetPoint also drives content to petango.com, making Petango the only adoptable search site to combine adoptable pet search content exclusively with live data from animal welfare organisations.

“We are very happy to have Pethealth’s support in this initiative,” said Carl Leveridge, President of the Atlanta Humane Society. “Pethealth has become one of our most important partners over the past several years. Their PetPoint animal management application has greatly assisted us and the broader shelter community as a whole and, tied to their 24PetWatch microchip program, they have helped us to create greater efficiencies in our own operations.”

The transfer of adoptable dogs between animal welfare organisations is growing. PetPoint, is assisting other individual shelters as well as the charitable arms of leading retailers in America with their efforts to create greater efficiencies in the transfer of dogs and cats between animal welfare organisations.

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Sun, sand and the 22nd Annual Galveston Home and Garden Show brought people to Galveston Island.

The Galveston Home & Garden Show is an event that directly benefits the Galveston Island Humane Society where it makes it possible for them to provide many services to the public such as: adoptions, medical care, humane education and prevention of animal cruelty. Without these types of fundraisers it wouldn’t be possible!

Even thought it was the first weekend of Spring break in Texas, over 3,500 people attended the Galveston Home and Garden Show on March 13th-14th to raise funds and awareness for the many of the lost and unwanted animals that are brought into GIHS annually.
All proceeds from the show supports the day to day operations of the GIHS. There were over 130 exhibitors offering special show discounts on merchandise and services. GHIS had a pet adoption center where many dogs and cats were available for adoption. There were many volunteers helping in the adoption center. The PetangoStore.com set up an adoption area at our booth to help find new homes for a couple of kittens. GIHS adopted total of 7 animals by the end of the show.

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Pethealth Inc. today announced the launch of the PetPoint Lite™ animal management system designed specifically for the needs of Animal Rescue Organizations. PetPoint Lite will be available free of charge to these organizations across the U.S. and Canada, in early June.

PetPoint Lite is a streamlined version of PetPoint®, the most advanced web-based animal management application used by animal welfare organizations today.

Pethealth created PetPoint in 2005 in response to the expressed need of animal welfare organizations for an efficient and intuitive application to run their day-to-day operations. Since 2005, many new modules, reports and applications have been added to support the growing needs of large animal welfare organizations, many of which are over and above the more limited needs of smaller organizations and animal rescue organizations in particular. Pethealths’ desire to offer smaller organizations and animal rescue organizations a similar hosted application, through which these organizations can reduce, or eliminate completely, their IT and IT-related infrastructure costs has lead to the development of PetPoint Lite.

“The additional modules and reports we had added to PetPoint since its introduction in 2005 led to a need for us to develop a scaled-down version for smaller organizations and rescue groups,” said Steve Zeidman, Chief Technology Officer of Pethealth Inc. “Animal rescue organizations have fewer animals in their care and generally have less complex requirements than larger animal welfare organizations and therefore we believe this version will be more suitable to their needs.”

PetPoint Lite allows the full benefit of an online animal welfare management system, as well as the operational advantages designed specifically for animal rescue, including:

  • the management of medical data
  • automatic registration of microchips with the 24PetWatch system
  • registration and intake of animals
  • transfer module allows for seamless migration of pet data between PetPoint organizations
  • automatic uploads of information about adoptable pets to national pet adoption websites, giving immediate access to millions of potential pet adopters
  • online search tool allows organizations to add real-time search functionality to their web sites

To date, PetPoint has been licensed by more than 900 animal welfare organizations, including animal control agencies, humane societies, SPCAs and rescue groups in both the U.S. and Canada. Pethealth estimates that approximately 4 in 10 animal adoptions in the U.S. are now managed through the PetPoint platform. In 2007, animal welfare organizations running the PetPoint application accounted for over 1.1 million animal intakes and over 375,000 adoptions

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“PetPoint Community” Provides Hub for over 35,000 Animal Welfare Professionals

Pethealth today announced the launch of a new networking site for shelter and animal welfare professionals. Linked to PetPoint®, the new networking site, PetPoint Community creates a forum for shelter professionals to network and exchange ideas.

“Shelter professionals want a place to discuss all aspects of their cause, including new product reviews, fundraising ideas, events, job postings and standard operating procedures,” said Mark Warren, President and CEO, Pethealth Inc. “PetPoint Community not only meets this need but also allows shelters to streamline their on-line internal operations and communications, without investing in a system of their own.”

Password protected access to PetPoint Community is provided at no cost to all animal welfare organizations in the U.S. and Canada running the PetPoint animal management application. As a member you can:

  • View forums on topics including animal transport, standardized operating procedures, policies and job postings;
  • Create a group for your animal welfare organization or join an existing one;
  • Promote events and conferences using the calendar feature;
  • Access user generated blogs or post your own opinions and ideas.
  • Engage, express and earn, every time!

When you interact with PetPoint Community – for example by blogging, joining a forum or uploading a picture – you’ll earn valuable points in our Express’n Earn Program. Quarterly gifts, such as laptops for organizations and cameras for individuals, will be awarded to the organizations and individuals that contribute the most.

The more you participate the more you earn!

Join PetPoint Community today at community.petpoint.com

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North America’s #1 Pet Insurance Program for Adopted Dogs and Cats to Offer Four New Enhancements

Pethealth, owner of ShelterCare® Pet Insurance Program for newly adopted pets, is pleased to announce it has added four new enhancements to its industry-leading pet insurance program designed for those pet parents who choose to adopt their new dog or cat.

The ShelterCare Pet Insurance Program was first introduced in 2002. More than 1.8-million dogs and cats have been enrolled in the program to date. The program features a 30-day pre-paid gift program provided by animal welfare organizations to those adopting dogs and cats from their facilities. Over $7-million in claims has been paid out under the first 30 days of coverage alone.

Expanded Coverage
Coverage under the program has been expanded significantly to include all accidents, eye and ear illnesses, flea allergy related dermatitis, heartworm disease and tick borne diseases. Previously, the coverage had been limited to 11 specific perils.
“Extending the coverage available under the ShelterCare gift program to include all accidents and these additional illness coverages has been made in response to our shelter partners’ desire to provide greater value added to those pet parents who choose to adopt their dogs and cats,” said Mark Warren, President and CEO, Pethealth Inc.

Extended Coverage Period
The second announced change is that adopters can now extend the pre-paid gift period from 30 to 45 days by making a simple phone call to the ShelterCare call centre between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. (EST) Tuesdays through Saturdays.
“Extending the gift period from 30-45 days is an additional change desired by our partners in the shelter community that we have been happy to make based on the generosity they have exhibited,” added Warren.

Increased Coverage Limit
The coverage limit per event under the gift program has now been increased from $500 to $750. A corresponding increase in the deductible from $50 to $75 has also been made.
“Since 2002, veterinary fees have increased in line with or ahead of inflation rates in general,” said John Warden, Vice President. “As a result, it seems sensible for us to increase the dollar limit per event under the ShelterCare program during the gift period to $750.”

ShelterCare for Renters
Pethealth also announced that pet parents living in rental accommodation can choose to add a renters’ endorsement to their 30 day gift of ShelterCare by calling the ShelterCare call centre. This endorsement will cover any damage the newly adopted pet causes to the pet parents’ rental unit.

“Our increasingly strong relationship with the animal welfare community has made us cognisant of a couple of significant trends,” said Warren. First, organizations have had difficulty attracting potential adopters who live in rental accommodation due to concerns about the ability to obtain landlord permission for the pet. Secondly, with the current crisis in the housing market, we are concerned that pet owners who currently own their own homes may soon become renters and we want to make sure that our friends in the animal welfare community are not suddenly inundated with dogs and cats who are unable to relocate with their pet parents,” added Warren. “Given our success to date in promoting pet health insurance to those that adopt dogs and cats, adding coverage for renters made good sense.”

Animal welfare organizations that wish to inform their community of this new renters’ endorsement may do so by using the prepared release – click here to access release http://www.pethealthinc.com/pr_15_may_08.htm

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Pethealth announced today the introduction of live search for lost and adoptable pets for shelters and animal welfare organizations running PetPoint®. Animal data can now appear instantly on the search function of a shelter’s web site, allowing pet owners to search for lost pets and potential pet parents to search for adoptable animals.

“Most shelters and animal welfare organizations currently need staff and volunteers to manually upload adoptable pet data to their shelters’ or animal welfare organizations’ web sites,” said Steve Zeidman, Chief Technology Officer, Pethealth Inc. “PetPoint takes out all the effort needed to update the site and posts it live.”

In addition to a live feed on the local shelter’s website, adoptable pet information will be automatically uploaded to national pet adoption sites providing access to millions of potential pet adopters across the U.S. and Canada.

This add-on function is available at no cost to shelters and animal welfare organizations running PetPoint, Pethealth’s industry-leading on-line animal management system. The Company estimates that nearly 40% of all animal intakes and adoptions now take place in organisations running the PetPoint application and more animal welfare organisations run PetPoint than any other form of management software.

This new adoptable search function has been tested for the past two months with the Atlanta Humane Society (www.atlantahumane.org), and the Boulder Valley Humane Society (www.boulderhumane.org) before being introduced across the U.S. and Canada in early June 2008.

“Enabling potential adopters to view pet profiles in real time is essential to driving our adoption success rate,” said Lisa Pedersen, CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “This important feature provides great access to all of the animals in our adoption centre which increases visits to our facility and our effectiveness in finding the right match for every family.”

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The question for pet parents over whether to allow their cats outdoors or to keep them indoors is one which elicits a barrage of responses from proponents on both sides of the debate.

The HSUS and most members of the animal welfare community are unequivocally in favor of keeping cats indoors, in addition two out of three veterinarians recommend keeping cats indoors* . Despite this, the idea of keeping a cat indoors is one that remains difficult to sell to many pet parents.
*Veterinarian study conducted by Jacobs Jenner & Kent in June 2001 for The HSUS.

There is strong evidence to support the view that indoor cats will live longer, safer lives. Indoor cats are estimated to live 12-14 years on average compared to a lifespan of less than 5 years for outdoor cats as outdoor cats are exposed to many dangers including:-

•    Death or injury from vehicles;
•    Accidental or intentional poisoning (including many lawn care and garden maintenance products);
•    Death or injury while hunting wildlife (not to mention the death or injury that the cat itself causes);
•    Disease transmission from other cats and wildlife;
•    Exposure to and infection with parasites;
•    Death or injury from dogs or other cats;
•    Wandering away from home (the chances of a cat getting back to its original pet parents are not good,    particularly as many cat parents do not microchip their cats, thus leaving the cats unidentifiable)

Despite these real and quantifiable risks, many pet parents remain swayed by their preconceived conceptions of the emotional needs of cats.

The following is a list of some of the arguments forwarded by proponents of allowing cats to go outside, together with some suggested responses:-

It would be cruel to keep a cat inside

The outdoor experiences that cats have been through priorto finding sanctuary in the care of the animal welfare community are, in general, unknown. However by the time a cat is ready for adoption it has become used to the security of an indoor environment and It would be cruel to put it back outside to revisit its past fears and experiences.

Cats are free willed animals and should not be kept indoors

The independent nature of cats is one of the characteristics that cat parents often find very attractive, however pet cats are domesticated creatures and rely upon their human caretakers to provide them with food, security and health care. Cats can (and will) demonstrate their free-willed nature inside quite happily, it is not necessary to expose them to the danger of the outside world to do so.

Cats will not scratch the furniture if they are allowed outdoors

This is not true. Scratching their claws is a fundamental requirement for a healthy cat, all cat owners should invest in an indoors cat tree/post to allow them to do so.

Outdoor cats do not need a litterbox

Again untrue, all cats should be provided with a litterbox inside the house to ensure that they maintain proper elimination habits – even outdoor cats will need to have annual trips to the veterinarian and may need to go to a cattery while their family is away.

Cats are lazy and will get fat if they stay indoors

As long as an indoor cat is given the correct amount of food, toys and other stimuli it will not get fat. In the wild cats are nocturnal hunters so will naturally sleep more during the daytime, their domesticated cousins have retained this trait.

Cats like to go outside

Cats like to be indoors sleeping safely in a warm and comfortable spot away from the noise and dangers of the outside! That having been said – an indoor cat’s enjoyment of the outside world does not have to be eliminated – just managed. Indoor cats generally love to sit and watch the outside world – window hammocks, cat trees with a view out of the window and screened in areas and windows all offer indoor cats a safe way to enjoy the outside world. Those who feel that their cat must actually go outside can investigate the various outdoor options such as leash walking and carrying baskets.

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