PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 $40 credit 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.
About Get Your Pet
getyourpet.com is an online community where people who have to give up a pet directly connect with people who want to adopt a pet like theirs, making it a simpler, smarter and more humane approach to pet adoption. The site works like a dating website, where Guardians and Adopters in the home-to-home pet adoption process are in charge. Founder Angela Marcus, a life-long animal welfare advocate and former presenter on Animal Planet, created Get Your Pet as a solution to the heartbreaking problem of too many pets in need of new homes and too little space in shelters to keep them all. Get Your Pet is available across the U.S. A portion of the profits from Get Your Pet will go to benefit local animal shelters. For more information visit:
About VCA Animal Hospitals
VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 850 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,700 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 525 are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information, visit VCAhospitals.com or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and facebook.com/VCAAnimalHospitals/.