Trupanion, the leading provider of pet insurance in North America, today announced the launch of a new shelter program that provides 30 days of coverage for shelter pets adopted from McKamey Animal Center.
The program offers adopters the financial peace of mind that veterinary costs associated with unexpected injuries or illnesses their new pet may develop after leaving the shelter will be covered by Trupanion at 90 percent.
“We see so many pets come into our shelter because their owners can’t afford the care they need, and it’s heartbreaking to see these families broken up because of finances,” said Karen Walsh, Executive Director of McKamey Animal Center. “This program helps us take that financial burden off of our adopters, so these families can stay together forever.”
Every pet at McKamey Animal Center is examined by the shelter’s veterinary team, who provide detailed medical records of any treatment received during their shelter stay. These records help determine any pre-existing conditions the pet may have. All conditions not considered pre-existing will be covered at 90%, less a $250 deductible, with no payout limits per year, per condition, or over the lifetime of the pet. And there are no waiting periods – coverage starts immediately.
Shelters are provided with all the materials they need to easily implement the promotion into their adoption protocols. Shelter employees are not expected to sell or be experts on the Trupanion plan, but are instead asked to refer the pet owner to call Trupanion or visit the website.
Shelters in the program also receive four dollars for every promotional certificate activated by a new pet owner. So far, McKamey Animal Center has received $564 from Trupanion to help animals waiting for adoption in the Chattanooga community.
Trupanion hopes to expand the shelter program all across the United States and Canada within the next several months. The following requirements must be met for shelter participation:
Average of 2,000 or more dogs and/or cats rehomed annually
Veterinarian on staff
Ability to provide the following medical care to all pets before adoption:
FELV/FIV or heartworm test
Internal parasite control
An accepted behavior assessment program
If you are interested in more information on how to get involved with Trupanion’s shelter program, call Trupanion’s shelter support team at 877.589.1836.
About McKamey Animal Center McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN, first opened its doors to the city’s homeless pet population in July 2008. A leader in animal welfare both locally and nationally, the nonprofit shelter’s mission is to enhance the lives of companion animals and people by encouraging a culture of responsibility and compassion. As an open admission facility, the Center provides animal services and care for any animal in the city of Chattanooga regardless of age, breed, health, and temperament. McKamey has a number of thriving programs to benefit companion animals and people including adoption, foster, rescue, trap-neuter-return for feral cats, and humane education. For more information on McKamey Animal Center, or to support their lifesaving work, please visit www.mckameyanimalcenter.org.
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.