Seattle, WA, May 21, 2012 –Going beyond standard ID tags that only include a name and number, PetHub (www.pethub.com) today announced the addition of a 24/7, 365 days-a-year toll-free hotline to their digital ID pet tags. Requiring no ongoing subscription fees and starting at $12.95, the new toll-free number tags also feature a QR code and unique website address that provides immediate access to a pet’s emergency contact information. Anyone who calls the toll-free number after finding a lost pet will be connected to a live U.S. operator who can take immediate steps to email or call the owner to help get the pet back home. In addition, for pets living or traveling internationally, PetHub offers a toll-based number that will display alongside the toll-free number when scanned.
“My toy poodle Peach unknowingly escaped for a stroll down a highway and a roll in some mud and stickers, but thankfully a good citizen used their cell phone to scan the QR code on Peach’s digital ID tag to help return her to me safely,” said Natalie Leska, a PetHub customer from Zimmerman, Minnesota. “The new toll-free number gives me even more peace of mind that if Peach gets lost again, she’ll quickly find her way home. ”
According to the American Humane Association, only about 17 percent of lost dogs and two percent of lost cats ever find their way back to their original owners. In fact, almost 6-8 million animals enter shelters every year with 50 percent of them euthanized if their families cannot be found in time. With PetHub’s digital ID pet tags, anyone can easily help a lost pet get home, whether it’s using a Smartphone (iPhone, Android, or Blackberry) to scan the QR code, using the Website address on the tag to view a pet’s online profile or placing a toll-free call.
“The idea of a beloved pet not being able to find its way home because we all don’t have microchip scanners in our back pocket like a cell phone, someone’s not comfortable driving to nearby vet, or a tag is out of date is unacceptable in today’s highly connected world,” said Tom Arnold, founder and CEO of PetHub. “The world has always been willing to help lost pets get home. With our approach to utilizing leading-edge technology, now they’re able to do so quickly and easily with a basic cell phone faster than ever before”
From basic to luxury styles, PetHub’s digital ID pet tags are waterproof and treated to ensure lasting readability. All PetHub powered tags are linkable to a free online profile that pet owners can update anytime with an unlimited amount of data, including alternative emergency contacts, necessary medications, allergies, immunizations, vet and insurance providers, dietary needs, and much more. The online profile is free to create and is accessible from any browser or mobile device to help pet owners ensure that their furry family member’s important information is always up-to-date, especially during times of travel or when leaving a pet with a sitter. Pet owners who want an added layer of protection can purchase one of PetHub’s optional premium subscriptions that include shelter alerts (“Amber Alert” for pets), email notifications, GPS mapping, and even $3,000 of emergency medical insurance. PetHub’s premium offerings start at $3.95 per month.
Tag manufacturers that are interested in learning more about how they can add PetHub’s unique digital ID pet tag services to their tags can request more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PetHub, Inc. (www.pethub.com) is focused on getting lost pets home faster and safer than ever before by utilizing current and new technologies, including QR code pet ID tags, GPS email notifications, Web profiles, and 24/7 toll free hotline. PetHub’s products and services were recently recognized in the December 2011 issues of both Dog Fancy Magazine and Pet AGE Magazine, where the company was honored with an “Editors’ Choice Award” as well as a “Silver Seal Retailer Select” award. The company has multiple software patents pending. Facebook users can become a PetHub fan at http://Facebook.com/PetHub or follow updates at http://Twitter.com/PetHub. See also our YouTube videos at http://www.youtube.com/pethubtv
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