SEATTLE (December 10, 2013) – PetHub, the world’s fastest way to get lost & found animals home again, announced today its partnership with DNA Diagnostic Center (DDC), the world’s largest, most experienced private DNA testing laboratory. The partnership provides a critical tool for proving animal ownership and identification in the war against pet theft.
According to PetFinder.com, “up to 2 million animals are stolen each year. Only about 10% are ever returned home.” The frightening facts of what can happen to these animals include the following:
- Puppy mills using them for breeding
- Dog-fighting groups use them as “bait dogs”
- Laboratories buy them for research
- Pet stores sell them to new owners
With PetHub’s unique ID tags and software services that return lost animals faster than an ID tag with only a phone number or a surgically implanted microchip, adding DNA identification into the solution just increased an animal’s chances of getting home.
“I want my dogs and cats to have every chance possible to get home again,” said Tom Arnold, founder and CEO of PetHub, Inc. “They have PetHub ID tags, microchips, licenses, and now their own DNA reports uploaded to their online PetHub.com profiles.” By safely and securely storing a wealth of data about his animals on PetHub.com, Arnold pre-empts the question of who the legal guardian is of the animals in his care; he has paperwork, now including DNA results from a well-established and proven DNA testing lab, to back it up.
“We are thrilled to partner with PetHub.com,” said Randall Smith, National Accounts Manager at DDC’s Veterinary Division. “Our DNA testing coupled with their software services for finding and returning lost animals is a powerful tool to keep our four-legged family members safe.”
Since 1995, DDC has been dedicated to providing the highest quality human DNA testing services available at a reasonable price. DDC Veterinary, a division of DDC, provides the same quality testing and legendary service for those seeking DNA services for animals.
Even with DNA testing and PetHub’s GPS and “Amber Alert” for pets services, it still comes down to responsible and vigilant ownership. “Don’t leave your pets unattended when you take them out, do get them ‘chipped,’ put a collar and tag on them, and get a summary report of their DNA and link it to your PetHub.com account,” encouraged Lorien Clemens, Director of Marketing at PetHub, Inc. “Prepare now because if they go missing, it happens fast and usually at the worst time! With our new DNA partner you’ll be armed with several tools to enable your pet’s quick and safe return home.”
About PetHub, Inc.
PetHub, Inc. gets lost pets home faster by utilizing current and new technologies, including NFC wireless ID tags, QR codes, GPS mapping, and mobile notifications. For more information, please visit http://PetHub.com/DNA and http://PetHubFound.me.
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