Bark Busters Partners with 1-800-HELP-4-PETS to Help Protect Pets in Case of an Emergency

January 11, 2010 // Franchising.com // Englewood, CO – To help keep pets safe, Bark Busters the world's largest dog training company, has partnered with 1-800-HELP-4-PETS, a leader in pet safety and identification since 1996, to promote The Pet Protector System, a life-saving, identification service that works like "9-1-1" for pets. As part of this partnership, Bark Busters' nationwide network of Dog Behavioral Therapists will provide new Bark Busters clients with a six-month free membership to The Pet Protector System for all of their pets. Following the free membership period, a portion of all annual membership renewal fees will be donated to charities that help pets in need.

All new Bark Busters clients will receive a custom Pet Protector ID Tag, complete with a toll-free phone number and a unique identification number assigned to each pet. If a family pet becomes lost or needs help of any kind, the person who finds the pet can call the toll-free number on The Pet Protector Tag and reach a live operator ready to help the pet in any emergency -- 24 hours a day, anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Using the emergency contact information provided by the pet parent, the 1-800-HELP-4-PETS staff will track down the pet parent or their alternate contacts. If the pet is found injured and no one is reachable, the 1-800-HELP-4-PETS staff can give the caller directions to the nearest vet and authorize emergency medical treatment, oftentimes saving the pet's life.

"We are thrilled to partner with Bark Busters," said Liz Blackman, founder and president of 1-800-HELP-4-PETS. "By collaborating with the Bark Busters network of 250 dog trainers throughout the U.S., we can spread the word about the importance of proper pet identification and the critical difference it can make if a pet becomes lost or is separated from his family in a natural disaster. You can't put a price on the peace of mind that comes with being prepared . . . just in case."

"Helping pets and their guardians is not just a job to us, it's our passion," explained Liam Crowe, CEO and Master Dog Behavioral Therapist of Bark Busters USA. "Whether helping someone find a lost pet or saving a pet from euthanasia through our natural training methods, helping people and their pets build a strong emotional bond and a trusting relationship is the foundation of our company. We believe we've found a like-minded, great partner in this effort with the people at 1-800-HELP-4-PETS."

The public can purchase The Pet Protector Memberships from any Bark Busters Dog Behavioral Therapist nationwide at a significant discount.

About 1-800-HELP-4-PETS:

1-800-HELP-4-PETS has been saving lives with their Pet Protector Identification System since 1996. Nationally recognized experts in the field of pet safety and reunification, the 1-800-HELP-4-PETS Team was called on to provide pet identification solutions for the unique needs of the Louisiana SPCA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Pet Protector was also chosen by the SPCA International for its Operation Baghdad Pups Project to help pets befriended by American soldiers serving in Iraq by bringing the pets to the U.S. where they have been adopted by the soldiers and their families. 1-800-HELP-4-PETS is a Shelter Partner of The Humane Society of the United States.

About Bark Busters:

Bark Busters, the world's largest, most trusted dog training company, started in Australia in 1989 and came to the United States in 2000. Since inception, over 500,000 dogs have been trained worldwide using its dog-friendly, natural methods. With more than 250 franchised offices in 40 states and 400+ offices in 10 countries, Bark Busters is continuing its mission to build a global network of dog behavioral therapists to enhance responsible dog ownership and reduce the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion dogs. Bark Busters is the only international dog training company that offers guaranteed lifetime support. SPCA International selected Bark Busters dog behavioral training services as the "Best of the Best" in its category. No other training company or dog trainer has received such a distinction.

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