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Working to Get Lost Pets Back Home Quickly

02 January 2015

NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC) has introduced two new initiatives that will help to get lost pets home to their families even faster.

The first is the development of new software and applications which will see the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) and Pets on the Net, New Zealand’s largest lost and found database, able to share information – creating one-stop registration for both systems and a range of new features such as pet matching, improved social media promotion, automatic vet notifications and lost pet poster generation.

“The synergies of these two systems working as one will help reunite even more lost pets and owners,” said NZCAC Chair Arnja Dale.

“By registering with NZCAR before your pet goes missing and then using your stored data on Pets on the Net after your pet is missing will mean the chances of your pet getting home are significantly increased.”

The second initiative is the introduction of a new interactive scanner for microchips.

The ‘Scanner Angel' system not only shows the microchip number, it also displays a message if the microchip has been tagged as missing. Each time the scanner is plugged into a USB port it automatically updates the list of missing pets.

The scanner will launch in May 2015. To help establish the 'Scanner Angel' system NZCAC will be giving away over 650 scanners, worth over $80,000 to vets, SPCA’s, shelters and local authorities.

It will also be available for sale for NZ$125+gst.

These new initiatives will help achieve the goal to see a single effective system for lost and found pets within New Zealand.


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