PRESS RELEASE - 01 December 2017
New NZCAR initiative LostPet.co.nz site leading the world in lost pet recovery.
Lostpet.co.nz is an initiative by the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR), New Zealand’s largest dedicated repatriation database for companion animals.
The goal is to bring together as many lost pet agencies and technologies as possible into one location. The advantage of one FREE location for all lost and found pets is everybody will know where to look. Overseas experience has shown when there are multiple databases, it is very easy for owners and finders to miss each other if using different systems.
LostPet.co.nz is not a replacement for microchipping and registration, but it is a huge step forward for ensuring that both chipped and non-chipped pets have a much greater chance of getting home.
NZCAR Manager, Nygllhuw Morris says “The NZCAR is extremely pleased to partner with the SPCA, NZIAM, Pets on the Net, and Neighbourly, so we can all work together” He added that “More partners will be added as more organisations sign up to use LostPet.co.nz.”
One of the first to join LostPet.co.nz was PetsontheNet.co.nz, a leading lost pet portal since 2002. Pets on the Nets founder, Kim Buchanan, will also write a Lost Pet advice blog and help manage social media.
The SPCA is also supporting LostPet.co.nz. As a founder of the NZCAR, the partnership to help lost pets has existed for over 10 years. The SPCA is the only animal welfare charity that serves the whole country and many owners turn to them for help when they lose their pets.
LostPet.co.nz will also work with the NZIAM to list lost pets and to promote responsible pet ownership. If dogs are registered with their local Council it increases the chances of getting home.
Neighbourly, the online community tool, has also come on board. Whenever a lost or found pet is listed on LostPet.co.nz, it is automatically notified to Neighbourly users in the locality.
The NZCAR is also leading the way by bringing new technologies to New Zealand. In 2015, Scanner Angel was introduced and since then over 650 free microchip readers have been given away. This smart scanner network allows Halo microchip readers to download and display chip numbers of missing pets to allow quicker identification.
In early 2018, the NZCAR is launching New Zealand’s first facial recognition system for animals. This advanced software can take the image of a found pet and compare it against hundreds of thousands of images to identify the animal in a few minutes. ‘Good Samaritans’ can upload images of found animals by phone, expanding the lost and found network into the public arena.
Nygllhuw Morris, says “Overseas experts have suggested that when fully up and running, LostPet.co.nz will give New Zealand, one of the most, if not the most, advanced lost and found pet network in the world.”
Lostpet.co.nz is a free tool for use by anyone. It is funded by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council.
For more information on this exciting new venture, visit www.lostpet.co.nz.