Pet owners would do anything to be reunited with their missing pets, and Fur Alert is a new solution.
We all know that our pets love us (well, we hope they do), but every now and then, they get the urge to burst through an open door, follow a butterfly down the street, or escape through a hole in the fence.
Fur Alert works by allowing users to notify nearby app holders of their missing pet. If you're within a 10-mile radius of a reported missing animal, the app will alert you so that you can be on the lookout. App creator, Cory Donovan, said,
"It's based upon your geography. If you're in California right now, you don't really need to know my pet is missing in Gloucester Township. If you're in Gloucester Township, then there's a good chance you might be able to help me find my pet."
The app first launched back in January, and since then, it has been downloaded onto phones all across the country.
It's being called the "Amber Alert for pets" and communities are urging residents to signup--even if they don't have a pet of their own.
"You serve two roles, one as a pet owner and as part of the community. If I lose a pet, you're there to help me; if you lose a pet, I'm there to help you. It's all based upon your proximity."
Social media has already proven to be a valuable tool in helping pet owners reunite with their lost pets, and Fur Alert uses a similar strategy. The second a dog or cat goes missing, owners are able to notify the exact people that may be able to help.
It's about reaching out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible to help ensure a safe return.