Asista Foundation to Provide Service Dogs of Canadian Veterans with Trupanion Medical Coverage

Trupanion and Asista Foundation partner to relieve Veterans from financial burden of veterinary care.

SEATTLE, Sept. 19, 2016 /CNW/ -- Trupanion, Inc. (NASDAQ:  TRUP), 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.

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.

"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.

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.

For more information about Trupanion, please visit or call at 855.210.8749.

About Trupanion
Trupanion is a leading provider of medical insurance for cats and dogs throughout Canada and the United States. For almost two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners peace of mind so they can focus on their pet's recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is committed to providing pet owners with the highest value in pet medical insurance. Trupanion is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol "TRUP". The company was founded in Vancouver BC, Canada in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA. Trupanion policies are issued, in the United States, by its wholly-owned insurance entity American Pet Insurance Company and, in Canada, by Omega General Insurance Company. For more information please visit

About the Asista Foundation
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. Asista has been devoting its energy and time for more than 3 years to specifically make a difference in the autism, PTSD and the psychological community by supplying certified service dogs on a short and long term basis. Please contact for more information.

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