National Partnership to Help Rehome Thousands of Healthy Dogs and Cats
getyourpet.com, a revolutionary pet adoption site, has joined forces on a national level with VCA, a leading provider of pet health care services in the country, to help healthy pets across the U.S. go from one good home to another. The site offers a simpler, smarter and more humane approach to pet adoption, enabling people who need to give up a pet to connect directly with people who want to adopt. VCA is now honoring Get Your Pet’s Veterinary Voucher, providing a complimentary first exam for all adopted pets.
“Get Your Pet will save thousands of dogs and cats from entering animal shelters, where they are exposed to stress, illness and the possibility of being euthanized,” said Get Your Pet Founder and life-long animal welfare advocate, Angela Marcus. “We are thrilled to work with VCA to ensure each pet adopted through getyourpet.com is offered an immediate introduction to high quality veterinary care for the life of the pet.”
Of the estimated 6.5 million pets entering animal shelters every year, more than 2.1 million are surrendered by their guardians. Animal shelters in the U.S. euthanize more than 1.5 million animals per year.
Get Your Pet offers people who need to give up their pet (Guardians), the opportunity to post a profile, photos and a video of their pet on the site for free. Those who want to adopt (Adopters) can freely browse up-to-date pet profiles until they find a pet they want to meet, then safely message back and forth with the pet’s Guardian.
The Guardian and Adopter arrange to meet in a neutral place, such as a local park, where, unlike in a shelter, the pet behaves calmly and naturally. If both sides agree, a legal adoption can take place. As part of the adoption process, a Get Your Pet veterinarian examines the pet at no extra charge.
“Get Your Pet is a much needed solution to challenges in the pet adoption process, one that puts the well-being of the pet first,” said Malia Rivera, Director of Animal Welfare for VCA. “We are proud to be a national partner of Get Your Pet and excited that our veterinarians will help bring a new paradigm for adoption to the pet-loving community.”
In addition to saving the lives of thousands of dogs and cats, VCA veterinarians participating in Get Your Pet hope to create a lifelong bond with new adopters and their pets. Because finding suitable pet care for their new companion has been created by Get Your Pet, a bridge is now formed between new pet parents and the VCA veterinary community.
The total cost of a legally-documented pet adoption through Get Your Pet is $99 for a dog and $49 for a cat, which is not paid until the Adopter actually succeeds in adopting a pet. In addition to legal documentation and a voucher for a pet exam from a participating veterinarian, the adoption fee includes eligibility for 30 days’ free pet insurance from Trupanion (some restrictions in CA) and a $40credit towards services on Rover.com (first time customers, only). Additionally, Adopters who live near Pet Valu Pet stores receive money-saving coupons valuable in-store at Pet Valu. A portion of the profits from Get Your Pet adoptions will go to benefitting local animal shelters.