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May 24, 2011 14:36 ET

Louisiana SPCA Prepares for Flooding With Aid of PetPoint Transfer Network

Mississippi Floodwaters Threaten to Displace Tens of Thousands of People and Their Pets

ROLLING MEADOWS, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) -Pethealth Inc. (TSX:PTZ) - As flood waters threaten to displace tens of thousands of people in the Mississippi river basin, the Louisiana SPCA has prepared for the worst by transferring their adoptable pets out of state with the help of the PetPoint Transfer Network, the first and only nationwide logistics platform for the coordination of transfers between animal welfare groups.

Launched in 2005, PetPoint is now the leading animal management system for animal welfare organizations in North America. As a hosted application, PetPoint allows licensed organizations to reduce if not eliminate IT-related infrastructure costs while at the same time, streamline their daily operations.

The PetPoint Transfer Network is a module within PetPoint that allows organizations to promote and request animals available for transfer as well as electronically transfer information between locations within a single cloud-based network. Currently, over 1,650 animal welfare groups across Canada and the United States have access to the network.

"We have taken every step to ensure the Louisiana SPCA is prepared to handle natural disasters and PetPoint has played a large role in those preparations," says Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans, LA. "The PetPoint Transfer Network is an invaluable tool that allows us to accurately and efficiently transport animals to partner organizations. In the event of an emergency evacuation, the ability of PetPoint to host our data offsite ensures we would still have access to our information and be capable of operating at an offsite location."

Spurred by rising water levels in the Mississippi and in anticipation of an influx of displaced pets, the Louisiana SPCA transferred 43 adoptable pets to the Houston SPCA and the San Antonio Humane Society in Texas last week and an additional 54 adoptable pets to the SPCA of Texas over the weekend. The Louisiana SPCA has a long history of coordinating its disaster relief and rescue efforts with shelters in Texas and beyond, including transfers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. All three organizations that received pets from the Louisiana SPCA also use PetPoint.

"We are proud to be able to offer our assistance to the Louisiana SPCA during this latest disaster and the PetPoint Transfer Network has ensured we can efficiently select and coordinate animals for transfer, as well as quickly update our own database before they arrive," says Cynthia Martinez, Director of Operations at the San Antonio Humane Society in San Antonio, TX. "By handling the logistics, PetPoint lets us focus on the animals in our care."

This is the second time in a matter of weeks that the PetPoint Transfer Network has been put to use in a disaster situation. Since violent storms and tornadoes devastated Tuscaloosa County in late April, over 400 displaced pets have sought refuge at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter in Alabama. To make room, the PetPoint Transfer Network helped coordinate the transfer of adoptable pets to the Humane Society of North Texas and will come into further play as displaced animals are transferred out to other shelters.

In addition to facilitating transfers, PetPoint provides an automatically uploaded, live feed of pets in shelters directly to online pet portal Petango.com. Although Petango.com typically features adoptable pets, by virtue of its connection to PetPoint it is uniquely positioned to assist the recovery of pets displaced by natural disasters by publishing their profiles online, thereby making them accessible to a wider audience including grassroots, web-based rescue groups and pet owners who have fled the area. Following the Tuscaloosa tornadoes, Petango.com was quickly able to publish over 100 pet profiles to a dedicated page to assist their recovery.

To search for displaced pets currently at Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, click here.

About PetPoint

PetPoint, first introduced in 2005, is now licensed by over 1,650 animal welfare organizations in North America and has facilitated the adoption of over 2.85 million pets, including nearly 800,000 adoptions in 2010 alone. As a hosted application, animal welfare organizations can not only better organize and care for their homeless and abandoned animals, 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 Inc.

Pethealth is a 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, PetProtect, petPals Direct, ShelterCare, 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

  • PetPoint Solutions
    Steve Zeidman
    Managing Director
    (905) 842 2615

    Pethealth Inc.
    Susan Arts
    Vice President, Marketing
    (905) 842 2615