New technology has now made it much easier for you to locate a missing pet. A new app, PiP (Positive Identification of Pet), will undoubtedly be reuniting dog owners with their long-lost best friends after they wander out of the yard.
This digital app is one of many services now available to pet owners, who will surely appreciate it.
How it works
Philip Rooyakkers designed the app for tech-savvy pet enthusiasts. In each pet profile created in the system, a photo of the pet is uploaded with basic profile information entered by the pet owner.
When the pet disappears, the owner can activate an alert. PiP will then place a call to the pet owner to learn more about the details. The information is instantaneously transmitted to all the local shelters and clinics.
Any animal clinic or shelter within a 15-mile radius will receive the information. If someone finds the missing pet, a photo can be uploaded with the face of the animal.
The database will cross-reference the new pet information with files in the system to verify a match. Information regarding unique facial features of the pet is stored in the database.
The technology is capable of analyzing sophisticated pet features to identify a potential match. When a match is identified, the owner is notified that the match has been made. Customer care representatives from the company keep the pet owner updated of the progress of the search.
Who receives the information
The information gathered is made available to other entities besides the local clinics, hospitals, and shelters. The app also monitors social media activities by major outlets to see whether any posts were uploaded in those areas about a missing pet.
Popular venues such as Facebook and Twitter are monitored. The system also searches Kijiji and Craigslist for potential match information.
Thousands of people have gone online to register their pet information. More than half of the people who download the app actually end up registering their pet for the service.
The free app can be downloaded into any iPhone or Android. Pet owners can pay an annual fee of $18.99 to have their pet profile information added to the system, which breaks down to about $1.49 per month.
What inspired the app
App creator Rooyakkers was inspired by his own experience. In 2011, he reported losing his Yorkshire terrier. The terrier was located within 24 hours, but he began working on a plan to help pet owners who face the same crisis.
he app connects a community of pet enthusiasts who work together to help pet owners reunite with their lost pets. The user-friendly app allows people to submit their pet information to a centralized database with ease, where all account information can be readily cross-referenced for a potential match.
Clinics, social media, animal hospitals, and users all work together to reunite animals with their families. In unifying a community of pet enthusiasts and incorporating facial recognition technology, the app enables pet owners to have more access than ever to resources that will locate a missing pet.
There are plenty of new toys and tools to help you enjoy your life with your pet, but preparing for a crisis when your animal is not there could be the smartest pet purchase you make.