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Corporate History

1998

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1998
  • Pethealth Inc. is founded by Mark Warren for the purpose of providing financial services to the veterinary and companion animal communities.

1999

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1999
  • Acquires PetCare® Insurance from North Waterloo Farmers Mutual and begins selling pet insurance through PetCare Insurance Brokers Ltd.

2000

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2000
  • Completes $9.76 million in two financing agreements.

2001

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2001
  • Pethealth Inc. is listed on TSX Venture Exchange (PTZ) and completes $3.55 million rights offering.
  • Enters United States pet insurance market through PetCare Insurance Agency Ltd.
  • Becomes largest Canadian provider of pet insurance and second largest in North America.

2002

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2002
  • Announces white-label insurance agreement with Union Privilege, the largest union membership organization in the United States.
  • Raises net proceeds of $4.55 million from issuance of common shares.
  • Launches ShelterCare® Pet Insurance program, becoming the fastest selling pet insurance line in North America.

2003

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2003
  • Creates Pethealth Services Inc. and the 24PetWatch® brand and announces a strategic alliance with Allflex USA, Inc., the world’s leading provider of RFID microchip technology.

2004

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2004
  • Raises $10-million through a private placement offering of convertible preference shares.
  • Announces that more than 400,000 dogs and cats have enrolled in the ShelterCare Pet Insurance program, and more than $2.5-million in claims paid since its inception in 2002.

2005

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2005
  • Launches PetPoint® Data Management System for shelter management.
  • Is named one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies in 17th annual PROFIT 100 ranking.
  • Announces that the ShelterCare Pet Insurance program has reached more than 600,000 dogs and cats insured, with claims paid to date of over $3-million.

2006

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2006
  • Receives a patent for its Buckslip Lead Generation System.
  • Expands its underwriting relationship with Praetorian Financial Group.
  • The Company surpasses 700,000 dogs and cats registered in the 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery database.

2007

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2007
  • Graduates to TSX.
  • Reaches the one million registrations mark for the 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Network.
  • Extends strategic distribution alliance with PETCO.
  • Announces that PetPoint is licensed by over 775 animal welfare organizations, and helps manage nearly one million animal intakes and nearly 325,000 adoptions.

2008

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2008
  • Acquires pet insurance intermediary Pet Protect® Limited, entering the United Kingdom market.
  • The Michigan Humane Society helps PetPoint reach 1,000 licensed animal welfare organizations.

2009

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2009
  • Launches the Petango® brand, reaching over one million unique visitors to its adoptable pet search platform, Petango.com.
  • Announces the launch of ThePetangoStore.com pet specialty and pharmacy retail site.
  • Forms alliance with PetSmart Charities® to further the cause of animal welfare.

2010

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2010
  • Launches the PetPoint Report, the first and only national report using aggregate data on pet adoptions and relinquishments affecting animal welfare.
  • In partnership with over 1,500 animal welfare organizations, the Company surpasses 3-million dogs and cats insured under its ShelterCare Gift of Insurance program.
  • Announces that over 4-million pets are registered in the 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery database.

2011

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2011
  • Partners with Best Friends Animal Society®.
  • Releases system upgrade PetPoint 4.0.
  • Launches Petango Petmatch, connecting people with adoptable pets based on personality and lifestyle characteristics.
  • Since 2009, the 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery database more than doubles in size to over 5-million dogs and cats registered.
  • Releases its First Annual Year-End PetPoint Report, the industry leading gauge of trends in animal welfare.

2012

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2012
  • Launches exclusive distribution of new microchip technology, introducing the MiniChip.
  • Signs exclusive distribution agreement with Perrigo (formerly Velcera, Inc.).
  • "Recover a Pet, Uncover a Cure" campaign generates donations of $56,000 to charitable breast cancer foundations.

2013

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2013
  • Introduces The Petango Store for Business, offering wholesale pet supplies and products for use and resale in shelters.
  • Closes acquisition of PurinaCare’s pet insurance assets.
  • Announces an extension of its strategic alliance with Allflex USA, Inc. to the end of 2016.
  • Acquires VetMedsDirect.co.uk, an online retailer of pet pharmaceuticals, pet supplies and pet food that services pet owners in the United Kingdom.

2014

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2014
  • Releases top line and aggregate findings on pet specialty purchasing behavior among new adopters.
  • Acquired by Fairfax Financial

2015

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2015
  • Announces acquisition of HumaneSolution.com
  • Announces acquisition of VioVet Ltd.
  • Announces acquisition of Vestafy