posted on 05/22/2022 08:00
With less and less free time, society is looking for ways to organize itself to achieve more speed and efficiency in everyday life. In this search, technology and its various platforms have been important allies. And domestic animals, which in some homes practically occupy the children’s space, are not left out of this wave, even if through tutors.
There are numerous applications, from those aimed at aquatic animals and the organization of pets’ schedules to those that emit sounds to calm the furry ones, such as Relax My Dog. In addition to utilities with functions to make life easier for the tutor, there are apps that make connections between adopters and animals waiting to be adopted and expand the space of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
One of the main reasons that lead someone to download one of these applications is practicality. This is the case of Júlia Vilela, a veterinarian and responsible for 11 animals, including dogs, cats and even a cockatiel. “I use the PetZillas application, which allows me to have a record of my animals and keep all the information organized, such as vaccination control, medication, baths, exams, among others.”
In this way, Júlia claims that she manages to have better control of the animals in a practical way, as everything she needs about the animals is available in the palm of her hand. The tutor says that she has a lot of love for animals and doesn’t even know, precisely, when she started to take them. Some come from adoptions and rescues, others, older, were present.
With the application, the veterinarian says that she finds another way to take care of the animals, because by performing the proper care and monitoring, she can bring a better quality of life for them.
Another organization-oriented application is Flockr, which emerged in 2015 as a personal project by Matheus Frozzi, a software developer, and has been expanded over time. “The application initially emerged as a way to connect pet tutors, as a kind of social network for animals”, recalls Matheus. It had functions such as posting photos with captions and information about the animals, just as the main social networks operate.
Over time, it was adapted to also contain health management features, with alerts that the next dose of the vaccine is approaching, alarms with medication schedules and other commands. In this way, Matheus wanted to develop a super app that combines the original functions of the contact network with everything that involves the animal’s life.
Today, the application has a paid health plan and some monetized features, such as the control of finances focused on the animal, which covers the summary of one animal or more, depending on the number of pets that the tutor has.
Matheus says that, over time, even more functions will be added, according to the needs that arise. He also intends to expand the informative blog inside the app and, possibly, carry out more donation campaigns for NGOs and animal protectors, as has been done during the app’s history. The developer, who has four furry ones at home, welcomes the increased interest of the general population for greater attention and care for the animals.
In addition to apps to make life easier for the tutor and improve the life of the animal, there are apps to facilitate adoptions, such as PetPonto, which aims to find homes for animals in a situation of abandonment. “The app works as a meeting platform. On the one hand, NGOs and independent protectors who temporarily take care of cats and dogs and register them on the platform; on the other hand, the person interested in adopting”, informs Leandro Santana, CEO of PetPonto .
In the application, there is an animal description tab, with weight, size, fur color and general characteristics, to facilitate, especially those who have space restrictions, as is the case of some apartment dwellers. “As soon as there is a mutual interest in adoption, this connection occurs through the platform and then a meeting between the family and the animal, mediated by the NGO”, completes Leandro.
A successful adoption case was carried out by William Lima, 42, and his family, with the dog Amora, formerly Bebel. The civil servant says that the loss of two female dogs, with advanced ages, shook the family a lot, which did not want to relive the feeling of powerlessness again. However, over time, they realized that the good memories and all the happy moments were worth it, especially if they took an animal from the streets or shelters.
One day, going through the PetPonto app, William saw Amora. “It was love at first sight,” he recalls. After a conversation with the family, the decision to adopt her was unanimous. He also reports that the process was quick, simple and satisfying. “We were chosen as the new tutors responsible for looking after, caring for and giving lots of love and affection to the little girl who was waiting to be adopted, after being returned by her first tutors. Lucky for us and Amora”, he exclaims.
*Intern under the supervision of Sibele Negromonte