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22nd May 2007

Local Animal Shelter wins Prize Donation

Manchester Dogs Home wins the Petplan Charity Prize Draw

Manchester Dogs Home has won a donation of £500 from pet insurance provider, Petplan. Leading insurers Petplan offer a cover note for six weeks free insurance to every owner who adopts a pet through an animal rehoming charity and a voucher for insurance for the visitors and supporters of the charity. Each month a prize draw is then held from all the vouchers and cover notes issued and one charity benefits from the prize fund.

Petplan works with more rehoming charities than any other insurer to help fund the care of thousands of homeless cats and dogs. The free insurance offer lends a helping hand to owners during the busy period of settling new pets in and adjusting to their needs.

Lisa Graham, Managing Director of Manchester Dogs Home said: “Manchester and Cheshire Dogs' Homes were grateful to receive the £500 donation. We have decided to put the money towards our new education programme - Be Safe and Responsible with your Dog. It is aimed at adults and children across the greater Manchester area to help encourage responsible dog ownership and to keep children safe around dogs. The programme includes a variety of Responsible Dog Owner events throughout the summer, and an educational, interactive workshop that is available all year round to schools and communities in the Manchester and Cheshire areas.”

Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s Head of Marketing said: “We understand what a difficult time it can be rehoming a cat or dog and are glad to offer this extra peace of mind during the first few weeks of the animal’s life in a new environment. Having your pet insured is an important part of taking care of its future health and of helping you to contain any unforeseen veterinary costs.”

Petplan is committed to aiding the valuable work that rehoming shelters do. Charities such as Battersea, Cats Protection, Blue Cross and Dogs Trust are just a few of those that have benefited.

For more information please contact the Petplan press office on petplan@bravepr.com or call Maritsa Petrides or Samantha Henry on 020 7802 8111

Note to editors:

Petplan is the largest provider of animal health insurance in the world. Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

For more information on Petplan call 0800 107 1843 or visit www.petplan.co.uk.