Pethealth Inc.
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Pethealth Inc.

May 16, 2008 09:00 ET

Pethealth Inc.: Networking for Shelter Community Reaches New Heights

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

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - Pethealth Inc. ("Pethealth" or the "Company") (TSX:PTZ) today announced the launch of a new networking site for shelter and animal welfare professionals. Linked to PetPoint®, Pethealth's on-line animal management application, PetPoint Community (http://community.petpoint.com) 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."

The password protected social networking site allows shelter and animal welfare employees to interact privately among themselves or with colleagues outside their own organisation. Access to PetPoint Community is provided at no cost to all animal welfare organisations in the U.S. and Canada running the PetPoint animal management application, now the most widely used management software in the animal welfare community.

Pethealth created PetPoint in 2005 in response to the expressed need of animal welfare organisations, both large and small, throughout North America for an efficient, intuitive, on-line application to run their day-to-day operations. PetPoint has now been licensed by over 900 organisations, including animal control agencies, humane societies, SPCAs, shelters, animal welfare organisations 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 organisations running the PetPoint application accounted for over 1.1-million animal intakes and over 375,000 adoptions.

In late 2007, the Company launched PawsConnect.com (www.pawsconnect.com), its social networking site for pet owners. The site is linked to the Company's shelter platform which provides for a "virtual pipeline" of new pet owners who are channelled to the site.

About Pethealth

Founded in 1998, Pethealth is one of the largest providers of pet insurance to pet owners in North America, and 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 shelters, veterinarians and pet owners through a number of wholly owned subsidiaries using a range of brand names, including PetCare, ShelterCare, 24PetWatch, PetPoint, and PawsConnect.com.

To find out more about Pethealth, visit www.pethealthinc.com.

Contact Information

  • Investor Relations Contacts:
    Pethealth Inc.
    Mark Warren
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (905) 842-2615
    or
    Pethealth Inc.
    Steve Zeidman
    Chief Technology Officer
    (905) 842-2615
    Website: www.pethealthinc.com
    or
    Media Contact:
    Martha Durdin
    (647) 343-2007
    Email: mdurdin@rogers.com