Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
Professional football player Danny Shelton is insurance provider Petplan’s 2018 Pet Parent of the Year.
Shelton, a defensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, will be honored Feb. 2 in Orlando, Florida, during the company’s Veterinary Excellence Awards.
“Danny Shelton is not only a role model on the field, he’s a model pet parent to boot,” said Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “One peek at his @the_furry_sheltons Instagram account makes his love for his dogs and commitment to their well-being apparent. But beyond treating his own pets like gold, Danny has gone above and beyond in helping other pets live better, too.”
The Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, company reported Jan. 15 that Shelton also:
- Dresses as “Santa Paws” at Cleveland-area animal shelters, where he distributes food and supplies, and donates some of the material himself.
- Partnered with Petplan on a $55,000 hurricane-relief donation to pet organizations.
- Raises awareness about pet health, responsible pet ownership and pet insurance.
Veterinary Excellence Awards also will go to a practice, veterinarian, veterinary technician, practice manager and receptionist.