|From:||Ann V S.|
|Sent on:||Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:41 PM|
Group Releases iPhone App for Colorado Animal Emergencies--
Animal Action Network Plays Key Role as Advocate
Animal Action Network is featured in the results of Animal Help Now, an emergency resource for people who need help with an animal issue. Animal Help Now is composed of a website (AnimalHelpNow.org), which launched in 2011, and the free AnimalHelpNow! iPhone app. The Droid version is in development, with an expected release in late May.
Animal Action Network serves a safety net role. If a user cannot get help with a situation from the resources listed in Animal Help Now - say, the user is trying to help a cat on a power line pole and neither the fire department nor the power company will help - the user can contact AAN for ideas and assistance.
AnimalHelpNow! asks users a few basic questions about their situation and then, coupling their answers with their location and the time of day, directs them to help that is available at the moment – whether at four o’clock in the afternoon or four in the morning. Available help may include nearby veterinarians, mobile veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, animal shelters, animal control agencies and others. Animal Help Now is designed to help any type of animal, wildlife or domestic.
Each year, tens of thousands of animals are reported lost or found in Colorado and some 10,000 wild animals are brought into the state's wildlife rehabilitation centers. The Animal Help Now project covers all of Colorado and includes a comprehensive list of service providers. The application can be used to find the nearest veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator, to report lost or found pets, to report animal neglect or abuse, to report cows in the road, etc.
There is a large and complex network of individuals, businesses and government agencies that help animals. But finding the right help can be a challenge, especially when the situation is stressful. Animal Help Now simply asks a few questions and then connects users with the help they need.
The iPhone app is featured in an NPR All Tech Considered blog and in a recent story by Scholastic, a prominent educational website. Visit the Animal Help Now website at AnimalHelpNow.org, and see the app in the Apple Store.
The application's availability is especially important now, with the arrival of spring, when the number of animal emergencies quickly rises. And it can indeed help animals affected by catastrophes such as wildfires. It is designed to work in any emergency. Further, the phone app will work even when you don't have cell or internet access. So whether you're driving through a remote area on the eastern plains, hiking a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, or simply passing through a dead zone on your way to work, you'll still have access to the help you need.
David Crawford, Executive Director