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Pet Know-How for the Masses

A new Web site unites pet owners with all the expertise they need.

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This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Last year between 6 million and 7 million cats and dogs were euthanised at animal shelters in the United States. David Beart believes that with education, this wouldn't happen.

In 1999, Beart and girlfriend Amy Sheppard founded The Pet Professor Inc., a Calgary, Alberta, company that, through its Web site (www.thepetprofessor.com), aims to bring together pet professionals and owners to provide information and resources for both parties. "By having members who are pet professionals submit articles [to our site], [we have information] coming from people who know about pet care," says Beart, 33. "We want to make sure the right information is given out."

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