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Dumb Friends League Stresses Importance of Pet Identification, Encourages Enrollment in a Pet Recovery Service

Denver, CO, June 13, 2009 � A dog missing for three years will leave Denver Monday afternoon for a happy reunion more than 1,000 miles away, in Louisville, KY., as a result of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health�s HomeAgain� Pet Recovery Service and the Dumb Friends League. This lucky dog will leave the Denver International Airport on Delta Airlines flight #1908 at 12:55 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2009 to return home after a long absence.

Abby, a seven-year-old Beagle mix, became separated from her owner three years ago while on a trip to Alabama. Recently, she was found without a collar or ID tag by a concerned citizen in a Denver suburb and taken to the Dumb Friends League where she was scanned for a microchip, which is standard procedure when stray animals arrive at the shelter. Fortunately for Abby, she had been microchipped and the contact information for her owner was up-to-date in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database.

�Even the most responsible owners can become separated from their pets, which is why pet identification is so important to the work of animal shelters,� said Sean Lehman, the spokesperson for the Dumb Friends League. �There are so many homeless animals in the shelter that need good homes. The staff is relieved when we scan a pet for a microchip and are able to identify and reunite it with its owner. Microchipping doesn�t locate every animal, but it keeps hope alive and does make miracles like this happen.�

Because Abby�s owner enrolled her microchip in the comprehensive pet recovery service offered by HomeAgain, her flight home is covered through Abby�s HomeAgain membership. Abby�s story is the perfect example of how microchipping and enrollment in a pet recovery service really works, especially when pet owners keep their contact information up-to-date.

About the Dumb Friends League

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in the metro Denver area and beyond for nearly 100 years. The League has two shelter locations: its main shelter at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org.ddfl.org.

About HomeAgain

HomeAgain is a national pet recovery service that goes beyond microchipping. Once enrolled, a pet's microchip will be registered in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database for its lifetime. In addition, the annual HomeAgain membership includes:

  • Live Pet Recovery Specialists always available at 1-888-HomeAgain
  • Lost Pet Alerts with a Lost Pet Poster sent to veterinary clinics, shelters and PetRescuers
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Telephone Assistance
  • Medical Insurance for Lost Dogs or Cats, up to $3,000 (less a $50 deductible) offered by PetFirst Healthcare
  • Travel expenses of up to $500 for dogs or cats found more than 500 miles from home

HomeAgain memberships are renewable annually for a fee of $14.99.

Interviews are available with HomeAgain pet identification experts, as well as local veterinarians in your area who can discuss the importance of permanent identification for pets and the critical step of enrolling the microchip number with the pet owner's contact information in a national database. This helps ensure that pets can be reunited with their owners after natural disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes. For more information on HomeAgain, visit homeagain.com or contact Sharon Dilling at 862-245-3390 or sharon.dilling@spcorp.com.

About Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is a leader in research and dedicated to the development, production and marketing of innovative, high-quality animal-health products for all major farm and companion animal species. For more information about Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health visit: www.intervet.com and www.intervetusa.com.

Schering-Plough is an innovation-driven, science-centered global health care company. Through its own biopharmaceutical research and collaborations with partners, Schering-Plough creates therapies that help save and improve lives around the world. The company applies its research-and-development platform to human prescription and consumer products as well as to animal health products. Schering-Plough's vision is to "Earn Trust, Every Day" with the doctors, patients, customers and other stakeholders served by its colleagues around the world. The company is based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA, and its website is www.schering-plough.com.

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