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Petplan Announces Collaboration with Pets for Patriots

05/02/12

In recognition of Military Awareness Month, America’s top-rated pet insurance provider joins forces with innovative charity to help support our nation’s heroes

PHILADELPHIA (May 2, 2012) - Petplan Pet Insurance, America’s No. 1-rated pet insurance provider, and Pets for Patriots, a not-for-profit organization that pairs members of the military with homeless last-chance dogs and cats, today have linked up to help give the stress experienced by current and former members of the United States armed forces a really good licking.

There are many stresses associated with military life that challenge veterans and their families alike, including the transition from active duty to civilian life. Pets can help relieve that stress, making the transition easier for everyone, and ease both the visible and invisible wounds of war. But while the use of pets to help soldiers heal is not a new technique – for example, the American Red Cross used pets in convalescent homes after World War II to help our troops – it is still not widely used or completely understood.

This collaboration between Petplan and Pets for Patriots is one that is very close to the heart of Petplan Co-Founder and Co-CEO, and former Captain in the British Royal Marine Commandos, Chris Ashton.

“We have always sought to honor the men and women – and pets – who serve, both by offering a military discount and by introducing the nation’s only truly comprehensive health coverage for working dogs,” said Ashton. “It is important to us, as a company, and to me personally, that we support our veterans and active military, and their four-legged families. Working with Pets for Patriots is the perfect opportunity for us to do just that.”

He continues, “There is an undefinable power that pets have in healing the seen and unseen wounds of war. Transitioning from the conditions of deployment back to ‘normal’ life can be complex, and at times, overwhelming. Last chance pets, and their indomitable spirit and unrelenting, unconditional love, can help melt the pressure felt by our veterans, not to mention their hearts. Simply stated, there is no limit to what a deep bond with a pet can do for a human being.”

“Every day we witness the incredible therapeutic potential of companion dogs and cats who are given a second chance at life,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots, “and at the same time see the veterans and service members who adopt them transformed. The ability of a pet to accept you completely - without condition - is powerful medicine. We’re grateful to have Petplan on our side not only for their tangible support, but because it’s clear that they share our values and mission.”

For completed pet insurance applications as part of this collaborative promotion, Petplan will make a donation to Pets for Patriots. To learn more about Petplan pet insurance, including our military discounts, please visit www.GoPetplan.com. For more information about the mission of Pets for Patriots, or to learn how to volunteer or make a donation, please visit www.PetsForPatriots.org.

ABOUT PETPLAN
Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company, a member of the Allianz Group, rated A+ by A.M. Best (2010). For information about Petplan pet insurance, visit www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan Pet Insurance Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

ABOUT PETS FOR PATRIOTS
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that supports our troops and veterans through the power of companion pets. It connects adult and other at-risk shelter animals with service and veteran members of the United States military, and makes these adoptions affordable through access to reduced cost veterinary care and contributions towards pet essentials. Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both last-chance shelter pets and military members. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit www.petsforpatriots.org for more information.