MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein Animal Health, the leading companion animal health distributor in the United States, and the U.S. animal health business of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), joins the American Humane Association, the country's first national humane organization, in celebration of Every Day is Tag Day™ on April 4, 2015 to help raise awareness about the importance of using identification (ID) tags and microchips to help find a lost pet.
Each year, approximately 10 million pets are lost, and approximately six to eight million animals wind up in the nation's animal shelters. Only 15 percent of dogs and two percent of cats in shelters without ID tags are reunited with their owners, according to the American Humane Association.
"Losing a pet is a nightmare for any pet owner, but pets with ID tags and microchips are much more likely to find their way home to their family," said Mark Stubis, Chief Communications Officer, American Humane Association. "We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping these lifesaving ID devices current. Please take a little time this Saturday to make sure your pets are equipped in the event they get separated from you. Let's all work together to 'Make Every Day Tag Day' so more pets than ever can be reunited with their owners."
By following four tips suggested by the American Humane Association, pet owners can help enhance the quality of life for their pets.
- Make sure your pet wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license. Include a contact name, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers.
- Keep your pet's licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
- When moving or traveling, place a temporary tag on your pet with the phone number of someone who knows how to reach you. Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many strays in shelters are indoor pets that escaped and got lost.
- Talk with your veterinarian about options for identification tags and microchips.
Henry Schein Animal Health is the exclusive distributor for Save This Life pet recovery system, a microchip searchable in Google with technology that allows pet owners to receive a GPS map of where their pet has been found.
"As a leader in partnering with the veterinary community to help protect pet health, we know that the veterinarian is the best source of information and resources to help ensure the wellness and quality of life for our pets. Every Day is Tag Day serves as a great reminder that our pets' well-being is largely dependent on proper identification, and we encourage pet owners to take their pets to the veterinarian for the right tag or microchip," said Francis Dirksmeier, President, Henry Schein Animal Health, North America.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
About Henry Schein Animal Health, U.S.
Henry Schein Animal Health, based in Dublin, Ohio, is the leading companion animal health distribution company in the United States, and the U.S animal health business of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC). The Company employs approximately 900 team members, including 300 field sales representatives and 200 telesales and customer support representatives. With 12 strategically located, state-of-the-art distribution facilities and 10 inside sales centers, the Company maintains a greater than a 99 percent order-fill ratio, accomplishing its mission of providing the right product at the right place and at the right time.
Henry Schein Animal Health partners with more than 480 global suppliers to bring veterinarians the broadest selection of products to companion animal, equine and large animal practices including dentistry, diagnostics, diets, equipment and supplies, nutraceuticals, oncology, orthopedics, parasiticides and pharmaceuticals. In addition, the Company helps veterinarians grow their practice with its strategic Business Solutions including AVImark® and ImproMed® Practice Management Software, CHOICE Diagnostics, Henry Schein® Axis-Q™, Henry Schein® Financial Services, Henry Schein® ProRepair®, Henry Schein® Rapport™, MyVetDirect.com® Home Delivery, Practice Partners (HRVetResource, Intelligent Inventory®, Leadership Intelligence, Employee Resource Manual and OSHA Compliance), Privacy Edge Identity Theft Protection, Professional Development Program, SmartPak™ ColicCare™, VetPressOnline Client Communications, and Veterinary Instrumentation™. For more information, visit www.henryscheinvet.com.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and NASDAQ 100® Indices, Henry Schein employs approximately 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 29 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com
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