First annual “Battle of The Veterinary Hospitals Stars” raises over $4,000 for PetAid Colorado’s Disaster Services program

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Coal Creek Animal Hospital triumphs with victory at the

Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado charity event over the weekend

Englewood, CO (September 25, 2012) – Colorado’s pets have more than $4,000 more dollars to protect and support them, with that much raised over the weekend with Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado’s “Battle of the Veterinary Hospital Stars” event in Centennial. Hundreds of professionals from 40 area animal hospitals came together to benefit PetAid Disaster Services (formerly Animal Emergency Management Program) .

Coming in first place was Coal Creek Animal Hospital, winning a whimsical, traveling trophy of Dalmatian and fire hydrant and large package of prizes for the facility and participants. Second place went to Tender Touch Animal Hospital and third place was Southwest Veterinary Hospital.

“Battle of The Vet Hospital Stars” is the creation of Englewood’s Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (www.vrcc.com). VRCC) hospital staff and 39 other hospitals from Colorado’s veterinary community competed in this vigorous and ultra-competitive event, supporting the efforts of PetAid Disaster Services, which provides relief for pets during Colorado disasters. In the recent, devastating 2012 fires, PetAid Disaster Services manned animal shelters and provided veterinary care to displaced pets.

VRCC and Antech Diagnostics collaborated to make the event possible, highlighting the services and compassion provided to pets, clients, and veterinary ancillary services throughout the Front Range.

“PetAid Disaster Services is honored to be the beneficiary for this event and without the support of the community and organizations like VRCC, we wouldn’t be able to provide the needed support to pets and their owners during disasters,” said Ralph Johnson, executive director of PetAid Colorado.

The teams competed head-to-head, working to be the best team on the field. Games included Tug-of-War, inflatable obstacle courses, human wrecking ball and lots more exciting and fun challenges.

The event date was chosen in recognition of September as Disaster Preparedness Month in the U.S.

About Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado:

Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, (VRCC), is a specialty veterinary hospital offering the highest level of care for pets, including a 24-hour emergency hospital and critical care center. Some of the world’s leading veterinary specialists are on-site offering expertise in Cardiology, Dermatology/Allergy, Emergency Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Oncology/Radiation Therapy, Ophthalmology, and Surgery. More information on VRCC can be found at www.vrcc.com.

About PetAid Colorado:

PetAid Colorado, a 501(c)(3), was created to support education, scholarship, and service programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. The involvement of veterinarians makes the organization unique, allowing it to make the broadest impact on animal health and to offer services and insights that no other group can. In short, PetAid Colorado is the healthcare safety net for underprivileged and at-risk pets. More information on PetAid Colorado can be found at http://www.petaidcolorado.org/index.cfm.

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