At the NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown, Pets Best Insurance Driver Brett Thompson Scored an Important Win for His Sponsors and Community
October 24, 2007 (Boise, ID) --- Pets Best Insurance scores the Toyota All Star Showdown as a win for their driver Brett Thompson and the Pets Best Grand National Racecar. However, official NASCAR Race Results show Brett not winning on the race track due to an accident on lap 243 of the 250-lap race. Brett was in sixth at the time and was moving up fast through the pack. Sponsor Pets Best Insurance marks the race in the absolute win column as it raised awareness for animal shelters, pet cancer and provided recognition to the Inland Valley Humane Society through the SPCA International (www.SPCA.com) – Shelter of the Week program.
According to the President and Founder of Pets Best Insurance Dr. Jack Stephens, "We could not be more pleased with the efforts of Brett on-and-off-the track. This racing environment provides the ability to communicate important pet health and welfare messages to caring and enthusiastic NASCAR fans. It also provides fun family venues to entertain and provides recognition to pet shelters and veterinary hospitals.”
At the Toyota All Star Showdown, Pets Best Insurance had four primary messages;
1. Support for The Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, with the goal to cure canine cancer and provide research that will support and deliver a human cure sooner.
2. Pets Best Insurance National Oncology Initiative. This provides a free consultation with a specialist for all cats and dogs with cancer nationwide.
3. ShelterBest, Racing to Save Pets – this program supports local shelters with funding and raises awareness of the value, love and joy that a shelter pet can bring to humans.
4. To support SPCA International’s Shelter of the Week program. This program recognizes one shelter each week with a generous donation and a feature on www.SPCA.com .
The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat and cure animals. The foundation launched a five-year, $30-million global campaign to cure canine cancer in April of this year. Pets Best Insurance has pledged one million dollars towards this goal to help fund clinical trials to develop treatments to help dogs suffering from cancer now, as well as fund genetic, environmental and other studies to find cures.
World-renowned scientists and cancer specialists agree that this MAF-led effort will not only save countless dogs from suffering and premature death, but should also help produce breakthroughs in the prevention, treatment, and cures of human cancers – in particular, childhood cancers.
Pets Best Insurance has created the National Oncology Initiative with Oncura Partners, a national pet cancer specialty service. Together Pets Best and Oncura Partners are underwriting and offering no-cost consultations for all pets in the United States with cancer. Pet families need not have Pets Best Insurance, but they must have the consultation requested through their veterinarian. Families will receive this valuable initial consultation at no cost with a pet oncologist (cancer specialist) for their pet with any form of Cancer. At the race, Pets Best had Dr. Brian Huber, president of Oncura Partners, and Dr. Alice Villalobos, a pioneer in pet cancer medicine and author, on hand to speak to media and families about pet cancer.
The ShelterBest, Racing to Save Pets (a pet shelter partner awareness program) is designed to increase awareness, adoptions, and provide financial responsibility for a pet’s care. It decreases the cost of insurance to pet families while providing needed donations back to the shelter. With Brett, Pets Best is “Racing to Save Pets” by bringing awareness of the value, love and joy that a shelter pet can bring to humans. Shelter pets are generally healthier in the long run, so Pets Best provides a group discount for all shelter pets from participating shelters. Shelter pets make great pets.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCA.COM) selected the Inland Valley Humane Society as Shelter of the Week for October 29 and Brett Thompson presented the check during the pre-race ceremonies at the Toyota All Star Showdown. The Inland Valley Humane Society serves nine cities and county areas with a total population of over 750,000. They provide food, shelter and medical treatment to over 400 dogs and 200 cats each day. The mission of SPCA International is to raise awareness of the abuse of animals to a global level, to teach and foster good pet parenting practices, and to promote spay and neuter programs around the world with the goal of eradicating the need to euthanize healthy and adoptable companion animals of all ages. Every week, SPCA International chooses an animal shelter that they feel is not only doing a great job, but also needs a little extra financial assistance.
About Pets Best Insurance: Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as "Pet insurance that really pays!" Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of American pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of three affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone Pets Best Insurance at 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the Best Pet Insurance.
About the Morris Animal Foundation: Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) answers a critical and unique need in promoting and protecting animal health and welfare and advancing veterinary medicine. MAF is the world’s largest nonprofit foundation 501(c)(3) dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat and cure animals, including companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas), as well as wildlife (mountain gorillas, elephants, rhinoceros, wolves, and many varieties of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish). Nearly 50 of the world’s most respected research institutions, colleges of veterinary medicine, and zoos are conducting about 120 MAF-sponsored studies and 30 veterinary student projects. Since our founding in 1948, we have funded almost 1,400 studies with funds of more than $51 million — with 100 percent of all annual donations going to fund animal health. Visit the Morris Animal Foundation at www.morrisanimalfoundation.org .
About SPCA.COM: The mission of SPCA International is to raise awareness of the abuse of animals to a global level, to teach and foster good pet parenting practices, and to promote spay and neuter programs around the world with the goal of eradicating the need to euthanize healthy and adoptable companion animals of all ages. The SPCA also serves as an information and referral resource for animal lovers throughout the world who seek a shelter or want to adopt a shelter animal, who have questions about animals, or who wish to join with like-minded advocates to raise awareness and end cruelty to animals. Visit SPCA International at www.spca.com.
About Thompson Motorsports: Thompson Motorsports and Brett Thompson race in the Craftsman Truck Series and the Grand National Division in No. 61 and No. 81. In addition to racing on their own, the Thompson Motorsports team puts their skills to use by building, maintaining and managing cars for local and regional racing series. Phone: 208-324-3123, FAX: 208-324-3108. Visit Thompson Motorsports at www.thompsonnascar.com.
About NASCAR: NASCAR is the #1 spectator sport -- holding 17 of the top 20 attended sporting events in the U.S., it is the #2 rated regular-season sport on television with broadcasts in over 150 countries, and has 75 million fans that purchase over $2 billion in annual licensed product sales. These fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports and as result, more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. Visit NASCAR at www.nascar.com .
Loran Hickton, Pets Best