New iPhone App Helps Find Lost Pets

October 8th, 2010
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Between 6 and 8 million pets enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, including many lost family pets.

A free iPhone app has been released to help volunteers reunite lost pets with their owners. The company that makes this app, HomeAgain, also makes microchip ID devices for pets and supports a pet rescue network.

The app is called PetRescuers. It taps into a database of 500,000 volunteers who receive emails to alert them of any lost pets in their area. Since 1996, over 600,000 pets have been reunited with their families by this network.

To use this app, you must first enroll as a member and have your pet microchipped. This permanent pet ID gives you access to enroll in the Home Again membership program that includes services to protect lost and found pets.

The HomeAgain call center is staffed with Lost Pet Specialists trained to help pet owners cope with the stress of losing a pet. Trained professionals are available 24/7 to send out Lost Pet Alerts and personally guide you through the emotional process of finding your lost pet.

The app does not actually report a missing pet. You report the lost pet online, including the date you think the pet was lost, where it was last seen, a description of the pet, and any individual details about your pet, such as words he might respond to or special markings on his coat. You can also upload a photo.

An alert is then sent out by fax and email to the people with the app, so that volunteers can have a good idea of what the pet looks like and where he might be found.

The app can be set up to show notifications of lost pets within 5, 10, or 25 miles of a volunteer’s location. The app can also show on a map where pets were lost. And, in addition, the app can deliver alerts with the sound of a bark or other pet sounds. If you need any inspiration to do your volunteer work, there is also an area for reunion stories.

Download the PetRescuers application here.

Many other iPhone apps specifically for dog owners are available. For example, you might try the Dog Park Finder iPhone app.

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