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Pets Best Insurance Scores at NASCAR

Posted on: October 24th, 2007 by

Pet Cancer Veterinarians, Dr. BrianHuber, Dr. Alice Villalobos and Driver Brett Thompson

October 24, 2007 (Boise, ID)— The Pets Best Insurance pet insurance company scores the Toyota All Star Showdown as a win for theirdriver Brett Thompson and the Pets Best Insurance Grand National Racecar. However,official NASCAR Race Results show Brett not winning on the race track due to anaccident on lap 243 of the 250-lap race. Brett was in sixth at the time and wasmoving up fast through the pack. Sponsor Pets Best Insurance marks the race inthe absolute win column as it raised awareness for animal shelters, pet cancerand provided recognition to the Inland Valley Humane Society through the SPCAInternational (www.SPCA.com) – Shelter of the Weekprogram.

According to the President andFounder of Pets Best Insurance Dr. Jack Stephens, “We could not be morepleased with the efforts of Brett on-and-off-the track. This racing environmentprovides the ability to communicate important pet health and welfare messages tocaring and enthusiastic NASCAR fans. It also provides fun family venues toentertain and provides recognition to pet shelters and veterinary hospitals.”

At the Toyota All StarShowdown, Pets Best Insurance had four primary messages;

1. Support for The Morris Animal Foundation’s CanineCancer Campaign, with the goal to cure canine cancer and provide research thatwill support and deliver a human cure sooner.

2. Pets Best Insurance National Oncology Initiative. Thisprovides a free consultation with a specialist for all cats and dogs withcancer nationwide.

3. ShelterBest, Racing to Save Pets – this program supportslocal shelters with funding and raises awareness of the value, love and joythat a shelter pet can bring to humans.

4. To support SPCA International’s Shelter of the Weekprogram.  This program recognizes one shelter each week with a generousdonation and a feature on www.SPCA.com.

The Morris Animal Foundation is dedicated to funding research studies to protect,treat and cure animals. The foundation launched a five-year, $30-million globalcampaign to cure canine cancer in April of this year. Pets Best Insurance haspledged one million dollars towards this goal to help fund clinical trials todevelop treatments to help dogs suffering from cancer now, as well as fundgenetic, environmental and other studies to find cures.

World-renowned scientists andcancer specialists agree that this MAF-led effort will not only save countlessdogs from suffering and premature death, but should also help producebreakthroughs in the prevention, treatment, and cures of human cancers – inparticular, childhood cancers.

Pets Best Insurance has created the NationalOncology Initiative with Oncura Partners, a national pet cancer specialtyservice. Together Pets Best and Oncura Partners are underwriting and offeringno-cost consultations for all pets in the United Stateswith cancer. Petfamilies need not have Pets Best Insurance, but they must have the consultationrequested through their veterinarian. Families will receive this valuableinitial consultation at no cost with a pet oncologist (cancer specialist) fortheir pet with any form of Cancer. At the race, Pets Best had Dr. Brian Huber,president of Oncura Partners, and Dr. Alice Villalobos, a pioneer in petcancer medicine and author, on hand to speak to media and families aboutpet cancer.

The ShelterBest, Racing to Save Pets ( a pet shelter partner awareness program)is designed to increase awareness, adoptions, and provide financialresponsibility for a pet’s care. It decreases the cost of insurance to petfamilies while providing needed donations back to the shelter. With Brett, PetsBest is “Racing to Save Pets” by bringing awareness of the value, love and joythat a shelter pet can bring to humans. Shelter pets are generally healthier inthe long run, so Pets Best provides a group discount for all shelter pets fromparticipating shelters. Shelter pets make great pets.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsInternational (SPCA.COM) selected theInland Valley Humane Society as Shelter of the Week for October 29 and BrettThompson presented the check during the pre-race ceremonies at the Toyota AllStar Showdown.  The Inland Valley Humane Society serves nine cities andcounty areas with a total population of over 750,000. They provide food,shelter and medical treatment to over 400 dogs and 200 cats each day. Themission of SPCA International is to raise awareness of the abuse of animals toa global level, to teach and foster good pet parenting practices, and topromote spay and neuter programs around the world with the goal of eradicatingthe need to euthanize healthy and adoptable companion animals of all ages.Every week, SPCA International chooses an animal shelter that they feel is notonly doing a great job, but also needs a little extra financial assistance.

About Pets Best Insurance: Pets Best Insurancereimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with noschedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as “Pet insurancethat really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens,the pioneer of American pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insuranceindustry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid petenthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of three affordable coverage plans witha straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefitschedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professionalgroup of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insightinto veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone Pets BestInsurance at 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the Best Pet Insurance.

About the Morris AnimalFoundation: Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) answers a critical and unique need in promotingand protecting animal health and welfare and advancing veterinary medicine. MAFis the world’s largest nonprofit foundation 501(c)(3) dedicated to fundingresearch studies to protect, treat and cure animals, including companionanimals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas), as well as wildlife (mountaingorillas, elephants, rhinoceros, wolves, and many varieties of birds, reptiles,amphibians, and fish). Nearly 50 of the world’s most respected researchinstitutions, colleges of veterinary medicine, and zoos are conducting about120 MAF-sponsored studies and 30 veterinary student projects. Since ourfounding in 1948, we have funded almost 1,400 studies with funds of more than$51 million — with 100 percent of all annual donations going to fund animalhealth. Visit the Morris Animal Foundation at www.morrisanimalfoundation.org.

About SPCA.COM: The mission of SPCAInternational is to raise awareness of the abuse of animals to a global level,to teach and foster good pet parenting practices, and to promote spay andneuter programs around the world with the goal of eradicating the need toeuthanize healthy and adoptable companion animals of all ages. The SPCA alsoserves as an information and referral resource for animal lovers throughout theworld who seek a shelter or want to adopt a shelter animal, who have questionsabout animals, or who wish to join with like-minded advocates to raiseawareness and end cruelty to animals. Visit SPCA International at www.spca.com.

About Thompson Motorsports: Thompson Motorsports and Brett Thompson race in theCraftsman Truck Series and the Grand National Division in No. 61 and No. 81. Inaddition to racing on their own, the Thompson Motorsports team puts theirskills to use by building, maintaining and managing cars for local and regionalracing series. Phone: 208-324-3123, FAX: 208-324-3108.

About NASCAR: NASCAR is the #1 spectator sport — holding 17 of the top 20 attended sportingevents in the U.S., it is the #2 rated regular-season sport on television withbroadcasts in over 150 countries, and has 75 million fans that purchase over $2billion in annual licensed product sales. These fans are the most brand loyalin all of sports and as result, more Fortune 500 companies participate inNASCAR than any other sport. Visit NASCAR at www.nascar.com.

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Morris Animal Foundation Featured on NASCAR Racecar

Posted on: October 16th, 2007 by

Los Angeles – October 16, 2007, The Morris Animal Foundation is dedicated to funding research studiesto protect, treat and cure animals. The Foundation launched a five-year,$30-million global campaign to cure canine cancer in April of this year. PetsBest Insurance has pledged one million dollars towards this goal to help fundclinical trials to develop treatments to help dogs suffering from cancer now,as well as fund genetic, environmental and other studies to find cures.World-renowned scientists and cancer specialists agree that this MAF-led effortwill not only save countless dogs from suffering and premature death, butshould also help produce breakthroughs in the prevention, treatment, and curesof human cancers – in particular, childhood cancers.

PetsBest announced that the Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Campaign will befeatured on the hood of the Pets Best #61 ShelterBest, Racing to Save PetsNASCAR. The Toyota All Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway (Near Los Angeles) Saturday, October 20, 2007 is the biggest and mostimportant race of the year for the NASCAR Grand National Series. There will be over20,000 race fans at the track and over 125 million television viewers at home.

PetsBest Insurance and the Morris Animal Foundation have a shared and immediategoal to collaborate on programs to educate pet parents about how to detectcancer, expand treatment options and find a cure for cancer. “Cancer is aterrible problem for all dogs – YOUR DOG – one in four dogs die of cancer. 60%of Golden Retriever’s die of cancer. Morris Animal Foundation, with the help ofgreat companies like Pets Best is working to cure canine cancer and help treatdogs that have the disease – and the very same treatments that are helping dogsare helping human cancer patients,” stated Michael Burke, vice president of theMorris Animal Foundation.

Tosupport pet families and encourage more cancer care and treatments, Pets Best hasteamed up with Oncura Partners, a leader in online consultation for cancer, toprovide any pet owner, through their pet’s treating veterinarian with a FREEconsultation with a cancer specialist. Pets Best will have noted veterinariansDr. Alice Villalobos and Dr. Brian Huber at this NASCAR race to speak withfamilies and members of the media about pet cancer.

“Halfthe population of dogs and cats aged 10 and over will die of cancer. The bondsthat clients have developed with their older pets are especially strong anddrive the increasing demand for more proficient and highly compassionatemedical treatment of companion animals diagnosed with cancer. The Pets BestNational Oncology Initiative is an important effort that provides treatmentsand raises awareness. More families need to be aware and provided with theoption to consider life-saving treatments for their beloved pets,” according toAlice Villalobos, an LA-based leading veterinarian and author.

Theno-cost Internet consultation is available for all pets in the United Stateswith cancer. Pet families need not have Pets Best Insurance, but the pet ownermust obtain the online consultation through their veterinarian. (Veterinarianto Specialist) This Internetconsultation will provide best treatment options and guidance in the treatmentprocess for the pet’s cancer through their local veterinarian. “We think thiswill translate into more pets receiving care that will cure their cancer orextend their quality of life,” said Greg McDonald, CEO of Pets Best.

Familieswill receive this valuable initial consultation at no cost with a petoncologist (cancer specialist) for their pet with any form of cancer. Petfamilies can learn more by visiting the Pet Cancer Foundation at www.petcancerfoundation.org.

AboutPets Best Insurance: Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for servicesfrom the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, trulyestablishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurancewas founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of American pet insurance withover 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also anaccomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choiceof three affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claimsreimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance teamis a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developedproducts based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets BestInsurance at www.petsbest.com or phonePets Best Insurance at 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the best petinsurance.

Morris Animal Foundation(MAF) answers a critical and unique need in promoting and protecting animalhealth and welfare and advancing veterinary medicine. MAF is the world’slargest nonprofit foundation 501(c)(3) dedicated to funding research studies toprotect, treat and cure animals, including companion animals (dogs, cats,horses, llamas/alpacas), as well as wildlife (mountain gorillas, elephants,rhinoceros, wolves, and many varieties of birds, reptiles, amphibians, andfish). Nearly 50 of the world’s most respected research institutions, collegesof veterinary medicine, and zoos are conducting about 120 MAF-sponsored studiesand 30 veterinary student projects. Since our founding in 1948, we have fundedalmost 1,400 studies with funds of more than $51 million — with 100 percent ofall annual donations going to fund animal health.

Pets Best Insurance Has Traction at NASCAR

Posted on: September 20th, 2007 by

September 20, 2007 (Boise, ID) — At the beginning of this year’s NASCAR season, Pets Best Insurance decided to take a chance and invest as a sponsor of an accomplished NASCAR racer from Jerome, Idaho named Brett Thompson.

According to the Chairman and CEO of Pets Best Insurance Greg McDonald, “We really did not know the full value of the sponsorship when we first became involved with Brett. We created a specialized program called ShelterBest, Racing to Save Pets as a means to communicate with the public about the needs of shelters and pets across the country. As part of the program, we help to raise awareness, money and resources for local shelters. Most importantly, the program can increase pet adoption and reduce euthanasia. At first, Brett Thompson and NASCAR opened a few doors that helped us. We then realized that race fans and local media were interested in us and listening to our story, and we were even selling more pet insurance. These results are far beyond what we expected. At Pets Best, we’re very proud of Brett Thompson and the results we have realized on and off the track! We are looking forward to a second year of great performance of Racing to Save Pets with Brett and the entire Thompson Motorsports team.”

NASCAR is the #1 spectator sport — holding 17 of the top 20 attended sporting events in the U.S. It is the #2 rated regular-season sport on television with broadcasts in over 150 countries, and has 75 million fans that purchase over $2 billion in annual licensed product sales. These fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports and, as result, more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport.

According to research, one of the hottest consumer services is pet insurance. In the United States, 63% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Over 70 Million U.S. households own dogs or cats, and 45% of U.S. households own more than one pet. Consumer spending on pets has more than doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The APPMA association projects $15.2 billion will be spent on food, $9.3 billion on supplies and over-the-counter medications, and $9.4 billion on veterinary care in 2007.

About Pets Best Insurance: Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of American pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of three affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone Pets Best Insurance at 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the best pet insurance.

About Thompson Motorsports: Thompson Motorsports and Brett Thompson race in the Craftsman Truck Series and the Grand National Division in No. 61. Besides racing on their own, the Thompson Motorsports team puts their skills to use by building, maintaining and managing cars for local and regional racing series. Thompson Motorsports, L.L.C. is located at 2398 Victory Lane, Jerome, Idaho 83338.Phone: 208-324-3123, FAX: 208-324-3108. Website: www.thompsonnascar.com

Puppy Eats Earrings: $7,700 Surgery

Posted on: August 29th, 2007 by

August 29, 2007 (Boise ID) — Pet insurance can provide the immediate means to cover costly veterinary care once the policy is in force. Abby is a very good example – before being adopted, this happy and loving Labrador mixed breed puppy had already had a pretty tough life. Both her and her brother were originally dumped on the side of the road, starving, sick and infested with fleas, both were in need of veterinary care. They were sent to a local shelter and put on the list to be euthanized. Funds were not available for needed care and her brother didn’t make it, but Abby was rescued at the last minute. Charles and Virginia Meyer adopted her and paid the hospitalization costs related to her rescue that exceeded $1,000. In very short period of time, she had an injury to her rear leg and other issues that included surgery to remove ingested earrings. In her short life, veterinary care is quickly approaching $9,000.00.

According to Virginia Meyer, “Abby is such a wonderful addition to our family; she is like a child to my husband and me. Her care after she was rescued cost us around $1,000.00. We feel she is worth so much that we can not place a monetary price on her. Once we got Abby home, she had a serious injury to her rear leg. It required a specialist and he suggested that we protect Abby in the future with Pets Best Insurance. We went online and ordered coverage for Abby. A few weeks later while at home, Abby brought a small box to me, minus the earnings it normally contained. Within hours, she was very sick and we rushed her to an emergency clinic. After several surgeries and trips back and forth to the veterinarian, she is now back at home and recovering. For Charles and me, we would have done whatever it would take to care for our puppy. We are thankful that we have insurance coverage because we just cannot imagine having to choose between providing needed care, or having to put Abby down.”

According to research, pet families are doing more to care for their pets. In the United States, 71% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Spending on pets has more than doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to over $38.4 billion in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The association projects $15.2 billion will be spent on food, $9.3 billion on supplies and over-the-counter-medications, and $9.4 billion on veterinary care in 2007.

Pets Best Insurance is now available to pet families in most states across the country. “Abby’s story is an important reminder for families. Her surgeries and care are a little more common than most pet families may realize. Many loving pet owners will spend whatever it takes to try to save their four-legged family members when they become seriously ill. For some families it can be a terrible and agonizing situation. Without insurance, the costs for care can quickly go beyond what is available in family savings or can be placed on a credit or charge card. Pet insurance provides the financial safety net and peace of mind that assures needed care will be provided for their beloved pet,” states Dr. Jack Stephens, a veterinarian and president & founder of Pets Best Insurance.

Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone Pets Best Insurance at 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the best pet insurance.

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Media Contact: Brett Johnson
Phone: 1-877-738-7237 ext. 641

Pets Best Insurance: Steve Strand is New CFO

Posted on: August 28th, 2007 by

August 28, 2007 (Boise, ID) — Pets Best Insurance has added a chief financial officer with an exceptional pedigree. Steve Strand, a CPA who has served Guide Dogs for the Blind for seventeen years, first as its Chief Financial Officer, and most recently as Executive Director of its Boring Oregon Campus, will take on this position beginning September 1, 2007.

According to Pets Best Founder, Dr. Jack Stephens, “We are very pleased to have Steve Strand as part of our leadership team and to serve as our Chief Financial Officer. He has distinguished himself as an exceptional executive and leader at Guide Dogs. The Guide Dogs for the Blind community includes over 5,000 puppies, breeding dogs, guide dogs and dogs that make a career change and serve other humans in need and also law enforcement. He managed the overall health care responsibility of all guide dogs and is keenly aware of the complexities of providing optimal veterinary care. Steve shares our passion for pets, and his financial background and unique perspective on service dogs will further enhance the Pets Best Insurance brand.”

Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone Pets Best at 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the best pet insurance.

Media Contact: Brett Johnson
Phone: 1-877-738-7237 ext. 641