Is there anything sadder or worrying than a lost pet. It's sad for the owner because they don't know where their beloved Sophie has disappeared to. It's worrying for the person that finds her because the only real option, if there isn't a tag around its neck, is to whisk the poor thing off to the vet and hope that it's been microchipped. Here is where SOSLostPets comes in. Their prime objective is to find a way to connect the pet owner with their lost pet and they even provide a reward for finding them. SOS gives you a unique tag engraved with a toll free phone number, a unique ID number and a QRCode that you can scan with your smartphone. By using one of them you are connected to SOS who forward the information to the pet owner and Sophie can be returned home, safe and sound.
SOSLost Pets tags offer a complete protection for pets like Sophie the cat. Generally your runaway pet will always be found by someone, sooner or later. SOS just makes it a lot simpler and easier for concerned pet owners, that's all. The text on the back of the each tag invites the finder to scan the tag or call the toll free number (toll free number only available in US, Canada, France and Sweden at the moment.) Thanks to the information engraved on the pet tag the owners can be easily identified and contacted. The tag, coupled with the application, connects the finder of the lost pet with the rightful pet-owner via email, telephone, SMS and/or mailing address and all this while protecting the identity of the owner. If you are using the scannable QRCode - most modern smartphones have one preinstalled - the app forwards the finder to your own personal pet mobile site with your contact details and a description of your pet. If the finder doesn't have a smartphone they can call the toll free number, key in the unique ID code and SOS forwards the call to straight to the pet owner. Finally, SOS offers a symbolic reward for any found pet. If the pet owner chooses, they can raise the reward amount but are not urged to make the amount too high as it might encourage illegal behaviour and we wouldn't want that, would we?
SOSLostPets has been a huge success in Europe. With over 200,000 tags in operation over there it has proven to be a reliable way of recovering pets like the precious and much loved Sophie. I am pretty convinced that, at some point, the QRCode (which is basically a glorified barcode) will take over the world and it's good to see it being utilized here. Scanning the QRCode with your smartphone (it's easy - trust me) takes you straight to the online information you need and, in Sophie's case, takes her all the way back to her cosy home. What could be better than that?