Pethealth Inc.
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Pethealth Inc.

September 16, 2011 08:00 ET

PetPoint Excels as Emergency Software of Choice for Animal Welfare Groups

Pethealth's Animal Management Software Provides Most Comprehensive Support for Animal Welfare Groups Facing Natural Disasters

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - Pethealth Inc. ("Pethealth" or the "Company") (TSX:PTZ) — As wildfires sweep across central Texas, Pethealth staff is once again working on the ground and online with shelters in the area to coordinate rescue efforts and reconnect lost pets with their owners. At the hub of this endeavor is PetPoint, the Company's nation-leading animal management software through which licensed organizations are able to manage their intakes and outcomes, thereby maintaining efficient and organized operations on a daily basis and in emergency situations.

"When we were forced to evacuate our animals, PetPoint enabled us to transfer complete animal records over to Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Humane Society, ensuring the process was organized and efficient," says Troy Walters, Director of Bastrop County Animal Control and Shelter ("Bastrop Shelter") in Bastrop, Texas. "When we came back to our shelter, PetPoint was there to help us track and manage the influx of lost animals displaced by the fire. Using data collected through PetPoint, we are now able to provide condensed, precise reporting to our Board of Directors so they can fully comprehend the magnitude of our efforts. Throughout all this, Pethealth staff has provided unwavering support, whether physically helping us transport animals during the evacuation or offering their support online and via PetPoint. They are a true partner of animal welfare and our community."

Over the past months, PetPoint and the PetPoint support team have played a role in numerous emergency response efforts, providing pre-emptive and ongoing support for organizations affected by tornadoes in Missouri and Alabama, flooding in Louisiana and New York, and those in the path of Hurricane Irene. Now in central Texas, PetPoint has once again come into play where wildfires have consumed tens of thousands of acres of land, thousands of homes, and left hundreds of pets lost and injured.

"Despite the inherent chaos caused by a natural disaster of the magnitude we've faced over the past couple weeks, with the help of Pethealth's PetPoint software and their dedicated support team, we were swiftly and seamlessly able to track and transfer animals from the Bastrop County Animal Control and Shelter to our own facilities when they needed to evacuate," says Frances Jonon, Executive Director at Austin Humane Society in Texas.

During the initial evacuation, over 80 animals were transferred from the Bastrop Shelter to Austin Humane Society with help from Ortega. Since rescue efforts began last week, over 150 pets from both locations have been reunited with their families.

"Having participated in several emergency response missions over the years I can say from experience that no circumstances test the administrative capabilities of a shelter more than managing a disaster situation," says Jorge Ortega, Emergency Responder and Regional Director, Shelter Outreach at Pethealth. "PetPoint ensures that every animal is accounted for, transfers can be coordinated and completed efficiently, reporting continues, and no data are lost. It's an invaluable system for any animal welfare group, especially in the face of an emergency."

Launched in 2005, PetPoint is now licensed by nearly 1,720 animal welfare organizations in Canada and the United States. In addition to a comprehensive suite of organizational modules, as a cloud-based software system, PetPoint hosts shelter data offsite ensuring that even in the event of an evacuation licensed groups will retain access to their information and be capable of operating through mobile devices if necessary. Bolstered by a dedicated team of eight technical personnel and ten regional directors, PetPoint offers a comprehensive support system for animal welfare groups facing natural disasters in North America.

"Responding to and making it through a disaster is all about partnerships," says Jamie Scotto, Adoptions Director at the Washington Animal Rescue League in D.C., one of several shelters at risk when Hurricane Irene passed along the east coast. "In PetPoint, we find a genuine partner and a link to a community of organizations that can help."

About PetPoint

PetPoint, first introduced in 2005, is now licensed by over 1,720 animal welfare organizations in North America and has facilitated the adoption of over 3.2 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

  • Pethealth Inc.
    Steve Zeidman
    Managing Director, PetPoint Solutions
    (905) 842 2615