Dog and cat adopters have an opportunity to experience the peace of mind pet insurance offers, without upfront costs or commitment.

Freehold, NJ/August 26, 2013 — The Monmouth County SPCA today announced the launch of a new program that provides 30 days of pet insurance coverage for shelter pets at no cost. Coverage is provided by Trupanion, the leading provider of pet insurance in North America.

The program offers adopters the financial peace of mind that veterinary costs associated with unexpected injuries or illnesses their new pet may develop after leaving the shelter will be covered by Trupanion at 90 percent.

“Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows that veterinary bills can quickly become expensive. It is always sad to see a pet surrendered to us when the financial burden of providing veterinary care becomes too much for a family,” said the shelter’s president Jerry Rosenthal. “Trupanion’s program allows us to help adoptive families ensure that they will always be able to afford the best care for their new pet. This is just one more way we can ensure lasting love and care for the animals we place.”

Every pet at the Monmouth County SPCA is examined by the shelter’s veterinary team, who provide detailed medical records of any treatment received during their shelter stay. These records help to determine any pre-existing conditions the pet may have. All conditions not considered pre-existing will be covered at 90%, less a $250 deductible, with no payout limits per year, per condition, or over the lifetime of the pet. And there are no waiting periods – coverage starts immediately.

“We are strong supporters of shelter pets and we are thrilled to have the Monmouth County SPCA on board,” said Alison Andrew, senior vice president and head of the shelter program at Trupanion. “Many of us have adopted pets ourselves and we know the joy that comes with bringing home that new furry family member. To be able to provide peace of mind to these new pet owners – so their pet can get the care it needs in the event of an emergency – is a really great feeling.”

Trupanion hopes to expand the shelter program all across the United States and Canada within the next several months. The following requirements must be met for shelter participation:

  • 501(c)3 status
  • Average of 2,000 or more dogs and/or cats rehomed annually
  • Veterinarian on staff
  • Ability to provide the following medical care to all pets before adoption:
    • Physical exam
    • FELV/FIV or heartworm test
    • Routine vaccines
    • Internal parasite control
    • Spay/neuter
    • An accepted behavior assessment program

Shelters interested in more information on how to get involved with Trupanion’s shelter program can call Trupanion’s shelter support team at 877.589.1836.

About Trupanion®

Trupanion is the second-largest pet insurance provider in North America1 and an industry leader, offering cat and dog insurance in the United States and Canada. Trupanion’s policy includes coverage of hereditary and congenital conditions with no payout limits per incident, per year, or over the lifetime of the pet. Trupanion’s corporate culture includes an office with 250 employees and 90 dogs and cats (a 3:1 human to pet ratio). Trupanion Inc. owns American Pet Insurance Company (APIC).  APIC, which has earned a Financial Stability Rating® of A, Exceptional, from Demotech, Inc. underwrites Trupanion.   For more information call 800-569-7913 or visit You can also follow Trupanion on Twitter or Facebook.

1North American Pet Health Insurance Industry Report, 2012

About the Monmouth County SPCA

A private, non-profit organization, the Monmouth County SPCA was founded in 1945 to care for homeless, abused and lost animals. Providing a number of services from humane education and pet therapy to low-cost vaccinations and dog training, the Monmouth County SPCA continues to pursue its mission of protecting and advocating for all animals. They are dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws, providing a safe haven for homeless and abused pets, reducing pet over-population through spay/neuter, and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service. For more information, visit

Heather Kalinowski, Manager, Public & Media Relations