Trupanion, the leading provider of pet insurance in North America, today announced the launch of a shelter program that provides 30 days of coverage for shelter pets adopted from Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton, Florida.
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.
“Many of the dog and cat surrenders we see are because the owners simply can’t afford the health care the pet needs,” said Suzi Goldsmith, Executive Director of Tri County Humane Society. “This program helps take away the financial burden of veterinary care so going forward, these pets can remain in their loving families for the rest of their lives.”
Every pet at the Tri County Humane Society is examined by the shelter’s veterinary team, who provide detailed medical records of any treatment received during their shelter stay. These records help to 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.
“We are strong supporters of shelter pets and we are thrilled to have the Tri County Humane Society on Board,” said Alison Andrew, senior vice president and head of the shelter program at Trupanion. “Many of us have adopted pets ourselves and we know the joy that comes with bringing home that new furry family member. To be able to provide peace of mind to these new pet owners – so their pet can get the care it needs in the event of an emergency – is a really great feeling.”
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. Trupanion hopes to expand the shelter program all across the United States and Canada within the next several months.
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.