The 4th Annual Animaltarian of the Year Award Contest Kicks Off From PetPartners, Inc.

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Recognizing and Celebrating Those Who Support Animal Welfare and Advance Human-Animal Bond, Winner Will Receive a $5,000 Award

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Especially this year, we’ve witnessed so many Animaltarians step up above and beyond during the devastating hurricane season. We want to raise their profiles through the Contest and spotlight their great efforts and commitment and in turn, lend our support in advancing their work.

PetPartners, Inc. today announced the annual Animaltarian of the Year Award Contest. In its 4th year, the contest was created to raise awareness and award extraordinary individuals and groups who support animal welfare throughout the country. The winner will receive a $5,000 award.

“We are so excited to launch the 4th annual Animaltarian of the Year Contest, just in time for the holidays,” said John Wycoff, Chief Operating Officer of PetPartners, Inc. and the creator of the contest. “Being in the pet health industry, we encounter so many dedicated individuals and organizations doing amazing works who are often the unsung heroes of the community. Especially this year, we’ve witnessed so many Animaltarians step up above and beyond during the devastating hurricane season. We want to raise their profiles through the Contest and spotlight their great efforts and commitment and in turn, lend our support in advancing their work.”

Examples of an Animaltarian include veterinarians who donate their services, animal rescues and organizations, shelters and individuals who go above and beyond to ensure animal welfare and safety.

Candidates can enter the Contest by going to the PetPartners Animaltarian website at http://www.PetPartners.com/Animaltarian and submitting a photo or video that captures and demonstrates the theme of compassion, welfare, and advocacy coupled with the passion of caring for animals. In addition, the candidate must provide a written description of how it or its nominee benefits animals and how the prize money will be used to support animal advocacy. An individual may nominate a candidate on their behalf. Submissions will be accepted from November 27, 2017 through January 3, 2018.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite submission from January 5, 2018 through January 24, 2018 through the PetPartners Animaltarian website. The top eight submissions that receive the highest number of votes will proceed to the finalist voting phase.

New for this year, the Contest will implement a panel of five judges, all of whom are experts in the animal welfare field, to judge the eight finalists. The public is also invited to vote for their favorite finalist from January 26, 2018 through February 4, 2018 through the PetPartners Animaltarian website. The finalist with the most votes from the public and the judges is the winner of the Animaltarian of the Year Award and will be announced on February 6, 2018.

Rick Faucher, President of PetPartners, Inc., adds, “As the Contest name explains, ensuring animal welfare and recognizing the wonderful animal-human bond is our utmost goal for our Animaltarian of the Year Award. Since the Contest’s inception in 2014, the entries we’ve received have humbled and motivated us to continue supporting the dedicated animal welfare community. We look forward to meeting even more outstanding candidates this year.”

For Official Contest Rules, or to submit an entry or nominate a candidate, please visit http://www.PetPartners.com/Animaltarian. Additionally, follow Animaltarian of the Year via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnimaltarianOfTheYear throughout the Contest period.

For more information on the Animaltarian of the Year Award Contest or PetPartners pet health insurance, please contact Jeena Choi at 917-882-0960 or Jeena.Choi(At)IHCGroup(dot)com.

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About PetPartners Inc.
PetPartners provides pet health insurance in all 50 United States, offering products to individuals and groups (such as associations, companies and credit unions). Since 2002, PetPartners has been the exclusive provider of pet health insurance protection to registrants of the American Kennel Club through the AKC Pet Insurance brand. In 2006, PetPartners was selected by the Cat Fanciers' Association, one of the largest registry of purebred cats, to provide health insurance to CFA registrants. Founded by Sir John D. Spurling, a leading British innovator in pet insurance who remains on its Board of Directors, PetPartners became a member of The IHC Group in 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.PetPartners.com.

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