Skeeter Foundation Launches- How Does Your Pet Make You Smile

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July 21, 2006, Twin Falls, Idaho: How does your pet make you smile. That’s what the Skeeter Foundation wants to see! The Skeeter Foundation, whose primary mission is to support its goal of “Prescribe Pets not Pills” philosophy, today announced its first contest of many to follow celebrating how our pets make us well. The first contest is “How my Pet Makes Me Smile.” The foundation invites all pet owners in the U.S.A. to submit photos-from wacky and wild to cute and cuddly to completely heartwarming-illustrating how their pet makes a positive impact on their life, by making them smile.

Pets Best Insurance is the primary sponsor of the Skeeter Foundation “How does your pet make you smile?” contest. Pets Best is the branded  pet insurance product of Pets Best Insurance. Pets Best Insurance markets and manages pet health and accident insurance online and through its integrated call centers. Pets Best Insurance is the sponsor of the program and a leading benefactor of the Skeeter Foundation. According to Greg Mc Donald, CEO of Pets Best Insurance, “The work of the foundation, helping volunteers to visit hospitals, nursing homes and schools with their certified pets is invaluable to society and we are pleased to be the sponsor of this contest. This contest will certainly show the myriad of ways that pets bring joy to people’s lives. The contest will show how important pets are in our lives and how much better we all feel, by simply interacting with our pet.”

There is now well-documented scientific proof that pets improve our lives by improving our biochemistry and the Skeeter Foundation’s mission is to support programs that further the goal of improving our health and well being through pet therapy teams made up of volunteers and their certified pets along with education on the personal and social benefits of pets. “The contest is a celebration of the human-animal bond,” says Jack Stephens, DVM, and Foundation Chairman. Dr. Stephens and his wife, Vicki founded the foundation after Dr. Stephens personal experience with his Miniature Pinischer Spanky helping him to overcome severe cancer and observing the POWER of pets over a lifetime of being a veterinarian. The contest will draw attention to the incredible bond we share with our beloved pets.

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Any pet owner may post their acceptable “How does your pet make you smile” pet contest photo, and then vote and encourage all friends and family to vote.

Over $10,000.00 in prizes, including a trip to New York for two, plus much, much more!

First Place Trip to New York for Two, (3 days 2 nights) Hotel, plus, Round trip airfare, plus, Limousine service to and from airport to hotel, plus, One Year Pets Best insurance policy for dog or cat, plus, One Year Pets Best Routine Care endorsement, plus Air-conditioned dog-cat Kennel, plus, Original Painting by noted Pet, animal and wildlife artist.
Second Place: One year Pets Best insurance policy for dog or cat, plus One Year Pets Best Routine Care endorsement, plus, Air- conditioned Kennel.
Third Place: Six months Pets Best insurance policy for dog or cat, plus, Six months Pets Best routine care endorsement
Fourth Place: Three months Pets Best insurance policy for dog or cat, plus, Three months Pets Best routine care endorsement

Top ten will be picked through popular web site votes from pet owners visiting the web site to vote for their favorite photos. First place through fourth will be selected from the top ten popular vote getters by a panel of judges.

According to Vicki Stephens, Executive Director of the Skeeter Foundation, “Many of us have witnessed the incredible value and health benefits of our pets. For our family and The Skeeter Foundation, we literally see the magic and healthful benefits of pets each and every day through our therapy pet teams. Our pet prescription teams visit nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, schools and other locations where a dose of pet companionship can help people in need. Whether it is providing needed companionship to a lonely resident of a nursing home, visiting an injured child in the hospital or providing a reading companion to a developmentally challenged child to read to, pets provide a meaningful level of practical health benefit that makes our desired mission of Pets Not Pills a realized possibility. This contest is a celebration of all pets and the love and wellness they bring to all people. This contest will not only celebrate pets, but will also raise further awareness and our ability as a foundation to reach more people in need of pet companionship.”

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About The Skeeter Foundation: The primary goal of the Skeeter Foundation is to educate people and support programs that endorse the “Prescribe Pets, Not Pills” philosophy. Named in honor of one of the founder’s Dr. Jack Stephens’ pet companions, the Skeeter Foundation was formed to perpetuate the proven positive effects that pets have on human health.

One of the Skeeter Foundation’s principle activities is to develop and support volunteer therapy teams comprising a variety of pets that bring joy and relieve stress into people’s lives. Pets are mostly certified dogs that have passed rigorous training. Others include cats, rabbits, miniature horses and even a llama. Pets eligible for the pet prescription therapy teams must have a gentle disposition, and be patient with and tolerant of strangers. The Foundation provides consultative and administrative support to the prescription therapy teams, as well as liability insurance, which is required by visited institutions.

Email The Skeeter Foundation at:
The Mailing address is:
The Skeeter Foundation
P.O. Box 5862
Twin Falls, ID 83303

Contest Disclaimer: The foundation, sponsor and its agencies, companies and providers are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or for any equipment or programming-associated connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled, or delayed electronic communications with or utilized in this contest that may limit the ability to participate, or for any human error that may occur in the processing of the entries in this contest. If for any reason (including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of Foundation and sponsor that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest) the contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these Official Rules, Sponsor shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest at any time without notice.

Participants are aware that the Skeeter Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, with the primary goal to educate people and support programs that endorse the “Prescribe Pets, Not Pills” philosophy. Named in honor of one of the founder’s Dr. Jack Stephens’ animal companions, the Skeeter Foundation was formed to perpetuate the proven positive effects that pets have on human health. By participating in the contest, participants grant the Skeeter Foundation and the sponsors the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including, without limitation, the World Wide Web, at any time or times, the drawing and the participants name, as news or for public information and education on the benefits and positive effects that pets have on human health. The contest and all information associated becomes the property of the Skeeter Foundation and sponsors will not be returned.
Contest participants may not have any form of business affiliation with Pets Best Insurance, General Fire & Casualty or any companies or individuals that are employed or provide services to the Skeeter Foundation.

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