Service dogs of Canadian veterans to get Trupanion coverage

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SEATTLE — Trupanion, Inc., a leading provider of medical insurance for cats and dogs, announced today its partnership with the Asista Foundation, a nonprofit that trains and provides certified service dogs to individuals with autism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and psychological needs.

The Quebec-based Asista Foundation is launching a pilot program with the Government of Canada Department, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) to standardize the provision of service dogs to Canadian Veterans in need. The service dogs are provided to Veterans at no cost and under this new partnership, Asista will also be providing each dog with a lifelong Trupanion pet medical insurance policy.

For more than 20 years, dogs have been providing social and emotional support, helping people feel relaxed, happy and secure. Pet therapy has been known to reduce cardiovascular stress. In addition, it creates an optimal healing environment that promotes harmony of mind, body and spirit.

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The Asista Foundation stresses that peace of mind for their clients is a top priority and by providing a Trupanion policy, the financial burden that Veterans can face when it comes to providing veterinary care is removed, guaranteeing that hard-working service dogs receive the best health care available.

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“Our Veterans give so much for our freedom and it’s an honour to be able to give back by helping them through their journey towards mental freedom,” said Asista’s Founder and Director of Public Affairs, John Agionicolaitis.

With the Trupanion medical insurance policy, service dogs will be covered for health care costs such as diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, and for the things most likely to impact pet health (congenital and hereditary conditions) among others.

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In addition to providing health coverage, Asista’s partnership with Trupanion will include a dedicated Contact Center team to assist those within the program and training sessions to better inform the Asista Foundation about pet health insurance in order for the team to educate their clients about the new benefit option. Trupanion will also track enrollments, claims data and conditions covered to provide Asista with a comprehensive report showing the value the program is providing Veterans.

Trupanion strongly believes in the impact of the human-pet bond making this partnership with Asista Foundation a natural fit.

“Service Dogs make a life-changing impact on Veterans who are in need of them, and our teams across the business are excited and ready to support them through our medical insurance program,” said Trupanion CEO,Darryl Rawlings. –  PRNewswire.

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