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Traveling Pets Need a Voice

By Kathryn Jahnigen

In an effort to save the lives of lost pets and spare millions of people Lost Pets Need a Voicethe heartache of losing their animal companions, the American Humane Association is partnering with Secure Connections, the company that developed the FINDER Lost Pet Tag System™.

Every Day is Tag Day

The collaboration is part of American Humane's public awareness campaign, Every Day is Tag Day, to help consumers understand the need to equip their pets with proper identification.

Without an ID tag to provide a voice for an animal separated from its guardian, a lost pet faces endless dangers, including traffic, starvation, exposure to the elements, or even human violence.

Most animal shelters hold an unidentified pet for only a short time. Eight to twelve million animals end up in shelters across the United States every year, six to nine million of these animals will have to be put to sleep.

"Any time a stray animal enters a shelter without an ID tag or other form of identification, the chances are very slim that the pet will ever see its family again," says Marie Belew Wheatley, president and CEO of American Humane.

"Getting the word out to pet guardians about the need for some form of identification will go a long way toward saving countless animal lives, which is why we're so delighted to partner with Secure Connections for Every Day is Tag Day."

American Humane's Every Day is Tag Day kicked off April 2, 2005 as part of the effort to increase usage of ID tags.

"Having an ID tag on your pet is crucial," agrees Barry Stiefel, president of Secure Connections. "But traditional ID tags generally provide one phone number. What if you can't be reached at that number? People today are mobile, and they need to be reached wherever they might be."

Available in retailers nationwide as petFINDER™, or from the Home Shopping Network's line of pet products as the Royal Treatment Lost and Found™ Pet Locator System, the Finder Lost Pet Tag System is based on patented communications technology originally developed for child safety products.

"We consider this system to be the next generation of Pet ID tags," says Wheatley. "The American Humane Association has always asserted that without a voice and a tag, a lost pet will never find its way home, and we think that petFINDER™ and the Royal Treatment Lost & Found provide a great solution."

Using a simple to understand communication platform, the FINDER System allows the person who finds a lost pet to dial a toll-free number and enter an ID number printed on the specially made collar tag.

Three Different Call Numbers

The caller first hears the owner's previously recorded message with vital information pertaining to their pet. Then, with just the push of a button, that person is connected directly to the owner at any of three personal contact phone numbers. If the owner is not reached at the first number, the system will dial the next two personal numbers.

Furthermore, the caller will never know the numbers they are connected to thus protecting the owner's security.

Good for the life of a pet, the FINDER System allows the user to change the message and contact numbers an unlimited number of times.

About The FINDER Lost Pet Tag System

Secure Connections is a privately held company based in McLean, Virginia. In 1999, the company developed and patented a telecommunications technology to help quickly locate and reunite children accidentally separated from groups during off-campus outings or field trips. The solution, marketed as KidCallAlert™, is currently used to protect thousands of children in school systems, camps, and early childhood programs around the country.

The company's subsidiary, FINDER Products, developed the FINDER Lost Pet Tag System based on the patented KidCallAlert™ communication platform and began marketing this newest communication safety product for pets in July 2004 under the name petFINDER™.

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a network of child and animal welfare and protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curriculum, and training to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about animal abuse and other forms of violence, as well as the benefits derived from the human and animal bond.

American Humane's regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the "No Animals Were Harmed…"® End Credit Disclaimer on TV and film productions, and American Humane's office in Washington, DC, is an advocate for child- and animal-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels.

Visit www.americanhumane.org to learn more.

KJ

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