Trupanion, the leading provider of pet insurance in North America, today was featured on the popular home improvement series Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime Television, as part of the “Designing Pet Spaces of Hope – Adopt A Shelter” series. The series profiled the McKamey Animal Center, an animal shelter in Chattanooga, Tenn. that housed 8,400 homeless animals in 2012. Dr. Kerri Marshall, Chief Veterinary Officer at Trupanion, was interviewed for the show on the importance of pet insurance for shelter pets.
“One of the biggest problems we have at the McKamey Center is people having to relinquish pets because they just can’t afford the care that they need if something happens to them,” says Karen Walsh, Executive Director at McKamey Animal Center.
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), 4,336,244 pets entered U.S. animal shelters in 1997 (the last year the survey was conducted) and a staggering 63.6% of those pets were euthanized.
Dr. Marshall believes that pet insurance will help ensure that pet owners will not have to relinquish their pets due to high veterinary treatment costs, and ultimately keep the family unit together.
“I’ve been a veterinarian for 25 years and it’s heartbreaking to see so many pets surrendered to shelters because the cost of treatment just wasn’t in the family’s budget, said Dr. Marshall. “With a company like Trupanion that pays 90 percent of the veterinary bill with no payout limits, you don’t have to give a second thought to always getting the best care.”
McKamey Animal Center now offers a 30-day trial of pet insurance through Trupanion to all of their adopters in the hope that more pet owners will continue coverage and be able to keep their new pet in their forever home regardless of any costly illnesses and injuries they may develop.
“With pet insurance, you are able to choose the best and most appropriate treatment plan for your pet without the financial burden you’d have to carry without a financial safety net,” says Dr. Marshall. “Pets now have the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives, which in turn allows us to share that special bond with our pets for longer. It’s important to protect it.”
Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue.