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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