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July 13, 2010 12:12 ET

Leading Web-Based Animal Welfare Management System Celebrates Its 2-Millionth Adopted Pet at Capital Area Humane Society

HILLIARD, OHIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) - Pethealth Inc. (TSX:PTZ)- Bumble, a white, one year old Boxer, who has been deaf since birth,  was happily adopted by his new family with the help of a web-based leading edge animal management welfare system, called PetPoint. PetPoint, launched in 2005, provides a live feed of pets available for adoption on shelter websites and Petango.com.

Bumble's adoption tale is anything but ordinary. In early June, the surrendered dog was returned to the Capital Area Humane Society due to a change in lifestyle by his adopting family. Upon his arrival back, Bumble's details were keyed into PetPoint and he was listed as available for adoption on Petango.

For the last few months, Laura Thomas and Julie Cherubini of Columbus Ohio had been thinking about adopting another Boxer. Both Laura and Julie have adopted before, and were looking for a companion for Dolce, who is also a deaf, white Boxer. The day before, Laura was browsing Petango's adoptable pet search listings on the Humane Society's website with the hope that they would find 'the one'. They spotted Bumble and it was love at first sight. 

"When I saw Bumble on Petango, there was just something about his face that made me email the link to Julie. When Julie took a look, she immediately said we should meet him," said Laura Thomas.

Staff from the shelter brought the dog to his new family. Bumble, oblivious of the fact that he was PetPoint's 2-millionth adopted pet, lapped up their loving hugs and kisses. "He is the first dog that caught our interest since we adopted Dolce. So I guess it was fate that he became part of our family," added Laura.

"For an animal shelter to thrive our clients expect instant gratification; it takes energy, commitment and Petango! Since implementing Petango on our website, available animals are updated instantly, making our website dynamic and even addictive! Just ask our thousands of regular visitors," said Jodi Lytle Buckman, Executive Director, Capital Area Humane Society. 

In celebration of this event, Laura and Julie received a new adopter kit from ThePetangoStore.com containing a plush bed, bowls, collar and leash, tasty treats and chew toys. They also benefited from a year of ShelterCare Pet Insurance, to help them protect their financial savings from expensive vet bills caused by unexpected accidents or illnesses.

"We strongly encourage and support the adoption of pets from shelters. We help our animal welfare partners save as many pets as possible by providing them with tools that support their donation efforts as well as reduce their financial and operational costs. This includes Petango.com, our online pet adoption search tool which helps potential adopters to browse a live feed of animals available for adoption, share pet information with family and friends, participate in a thriving pet community and purchase pet supplies and medications at ThePetangoStore.com," said Christa Chadwick, Director, North American Shelter Outreach at Pethealth Inc.

About the Capital Area Humane Society:

The Capital Area Humane Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization founded in 1883, provides programs and services for animals and people in Central Ohio. Their mission is to fight animal cruelty, help animals in need and advocate for their well-being. More than 95 per cent of funding is provided by donations and fees for services. The Capital Area Humane Society is not a government agency and does not receive operating support from national organizations. For more information about the Capital Area Humane Society, visit www.cahs-pets.org.

About Petango and The Petango Store

Petango is the newest and most comprehensive online adoptable pet search site to date. Petango is the only adoptable search site with live animal data feeds and offers a wide range of content-rich options for potential adopters, shelters and anyone who wants to learn more about pet adoption. It is the one-stop destination for anyone looking to adopt a pet from an animal welfare organization and participate in an interactive, social networking pet lovers' community in North America. ThePetangoStore.com offers a full range of discounted pet medications and pet specialty supplies, including brand names such as Frontline, Advantage, Heartgard and K9. A percentage of every purchase made at ThePetangoStore.com is donated back to the animal shelter of the shopper's choice.

About PetPoint

PetPoint was first introduced in 2005, has now been licensed by over 1,500 animal welfare organizations in North America and since its launch has facilitated the adoption of over 2 million pets. As a hosted application, animal welfare organizations can not only better organize and care for their inventory of adoptable dogs and cats, but can also reduce significantly, if not eliminate, their IT related infrastructure costs. PetPoint is provided free to animal welfare organizations on the basis that these same organizations use the Company's 24PetWatch microchip program for all companion animals adopted. The 24PetWatch microchip program is the most widely used microchip and lost pet recovery service operating in both Canada and the United States.

About Pethealth

Pethealth is the leading provider of companion animal services in North America. In addition, the Company is the leading provider of management software to North American animal welfare organizations through its SaaS-based application and is the leading provider of pet related database management services to the North American companion animal industry. Pethealth offers a unique range of products and services for veterinarians, shelters and pet owners through a number of wholly owned subsidiaries using a range of brand names including PetCare, 24PetWatch, Pet Protect, Petpals DirectShelterCare, PetPoint, Petango.com and ThePetangoStore.com.

Pethealth is based in Oakville, Ontario. To find out more about Pethealth, visit the web site at www.pethealthinc.com.

Contact Information

  • Pethealth Inc.
    Mark Warren
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (905) 842 2615
    or
    Pethealth Inc.
    Susan Arts
    Vice President, Marketing
    (905) 842 2615
    or
    Pethealth Inc.
    Christa Chadwick
    Director, North American Outreach
    (905) 842 2615
    www.pethealthinc.com
    or
    Capital Area Humane Society
    Cheri Miller
    Marketing and Events Manager
    614-777-7387
    www.cahs-pets.org