Looking for your lost pet? There's an app for that
Developed by Cory Donovan, FurAlert is an app that will let you locate your lost pet if it should wander off when you’re not looking. It enables its owner to notify and crowdsource help from other FurAlert users inside a given radius.
Donovan launched FurAlert last month for free on both iPhone and Android two weeks ago. He said in an interview with Generocity.org that the app was built after temporarily losing his dogs two years ago when his back gate was left open.
“Sixty-eight percent of U.S. homes have a pet,” Donovan said. “[That means] nearly 70 percent of the people walking around would help someone locate their pet — they just don’t know that person needs help.”
Community support is vital for the function of the app, Donovan said. The app is useless if those with lost pets are the only ones in their neighborhoods who use the app. Donovan said he’s actively looking for feedback and folks to help test FurAlert. “Within 15 seconds, you send an alert and complete strangers come out of nowhere to help you look. That’s a tremendous scenario,” he said. “If we can mobilize that kind of response and alleviate that anxiety the owner feels, that’s pretty cool.”