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PetRescuers iPhone app reunites owners with pets

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September

A new iOS app is now available to help people find their lost pets. Provided as a free download by the HomeAgain microchip company, the PetRescuers app is a database that can give you alerts when a pet has been reported lost in your area. Alerts can be set for 5, 10 and 25-mile radiuses from your location, and alarms can be set as a bark, meow or chime.

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For each lost pet there is a profile with a description and photo. The profile also includes a microchip I.D. number, the date the pet was lost, age, descriptive details about the pet and medical information. The last known location also is listed and you can press a button to map the location. You also can view a map of your area to see locations of reported lost pets, which are marked on the map with small dog and cat push-pins.

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If you locate a pet, pressing a button will get you to instructions on how to report your find. The instructions say to call the numbers on the pet's tags. A reunions button takes you to heartfelt stories from pet owners describing their joyful reunions.

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This is a great app with lots of potential to be much more than it is. At first I thought it could be used to report all lost pets but then realized the only pets in the database are ones microchipped by HomeAgain. It would be great to see this app evolve into a tool people could use to report all lost animals, microchipped or not. And having the abaility to send a photo of a found pet directly to its owner would be another feature that could speed up the reunion process.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 6:08pm]

    

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