An Animal Shelter Just Won $250,000 To Reunite Families With Lost Pets Via Text!
When you address a problem head-on with patience, intelligence, and determination, you can solve nearly anything you put your mind to!
A perfect example comes to us from Sacramento, California, and an animal shelter there that found itself facing a significant problem: the fact that less than half of lost dogs and cats in Sacramento get reunited with their families. In fact, more than 60% of pets lost never make it back home in this community.
So Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento decided to do something about it. And with a little help from the good people at Petco, the shelter is now on its way to turning that statistic around.
When lost dogs and cats fail to be reunited with their families, it's a lose-lose-lose situation. The pets are stuck in shelters rather than comfortable homes; the families are devastated by the loss; and shelters become over-full. The folks at Front Street Animal Shelter recognized that technology offered the necessary tools to bridge the gap between the family's efforts to locate the pets, and the shelter's efforts to locate the families. So they developed a concept called Lost2Found, a text-message-based service.
When a family loses a pet, they can text "stray" to a six-digit number; they'll then get automated messages back with all the right resources, suggestions, and alerts that the family likely would have missed otherwise.
Front Street Animal Shelter representatives recently presented Lost2Found to a panel of judges at Petco Foundation's "Innovation Showdown" at the Animal Care Expo in Kansas City—and they won! The shelter was awarded $250,000 to turn their concept into reality.
Here's to hoping services like Lost2Found spread across the country!