Pethealth Inc.
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Pethealth Inc.

December 06, 2011 17:02 ET

Pethealth Inc. Pet Insurance Provider Launches "Home for the Holiday Cheques" Campaign

Company representatives go door-to-door delivering claims payments in time for the holidays

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2011) - (TSX:PTZ) Pethealth Inc.-There's nothing quite like the gift of a little extra cash before the holidays, which is why pet insurance representatives of Pethealth Inc. ("Pethealth" or the "Company") are spreading holiday cheer, going door-to-door, and visiting the Company's pet insurance clients in Canada and the United States to drop off claims cheques early during the holiday season.

The "Home for the Holiday Cheques" campaign is an annual tradition for the Company which provides pet owners of dogs and cats with flexible, affordable pet insurance programs covering unexpected accidents and illnesses. Included in this year's campaign are clients of 24PetWatch™, ShelterCare, Union Plus®, PetCare®, and Ontario SPCA® pet insurance programs, operated by PTZ Insurance Agency, Ltd. in the U.S. and PTZ Insurance Brokers, Ltd. in Canada, and wholly owned subsidiaries of Pethealth Inc.

"Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in our work and forget that what we do makes a difference in the lives of people and pets" says Bill Templeman, Regional Director Outreach at Pethealth Inc. and one of 30 company employees participating in the campaign. "I dropped off a claims cheque for one of our customers in Oregon. Seeing the love this woman showed her dog truly touched my heart and reminded me just how important the work we do is. Helping to save the lives of pets, so they can in turn help change the lives of people, is the heart of what we do at Pethealth."

Campaign progress can be viewed at www.pethealthinc.com/holiday where visitors to the landing page will find an interactive map of drop-off locations, pet photos, client tales, and more. They can also find information about the Company's referral program through which friends and family members of current clients can benefit when they purchase a new pet insurance policy.

"We want our pet insurance clients to know just how much we appreciate their business and their faith in us to provide financial support for their pets' medical needs," says Mark Warren, President and CEO of Pethealth Inc. "Dropping off these claims cheques before the holidays is a way for us to say thank you, and considering recent cuts to the U.S. Postal Service this is the perfect time to be taking that extra step, especially for our American customers."

Yesterday's announcement by the U.S. Postal Service reveals the agency will be slowing its delivery services and eliminating next day delivery due to reductions in its budget. Thus, beginning today and running through December 21st, representatives throughout the United States and Canada will be travelling door-to-door dropping off as many claims cheques as they can.

In addition to being North America's second largest provider of pet insurance, the Company has been the pet insurance industry leader in claims service and policy innovation since it began operations in 1999. Since the sale of its first pet insurance policy in March of that year, the Company has paid out nearly $160 million in claims of which over $19.2 million were sent to insured pet owners over the past 12 months. The Pethealth claims department processes over 14,000 claims monthly.

In addition to its pet insurance business, the Company is deeply integrated in the animal welfare community, providing free of charge a cloud based animal management application called PetPoint to assist the daily organization and running of nearly 1,800 animal welfare organizations' operations. Pethealth is also the largest provider of microchips, serving both the Canadian and U.S. companion animal markets to improve pet identification and reduce the number of lost and homeless pets in shelters.

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, Pet Protect, 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.

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