Every year, more than 10,000,000 pets go missing across North America - and that's just lost reports! Even with modern technology and a social attitude that's increasingly caring towards our critter friends, it's truly sad that less than 25% of them make it back home.
There are many sites and services available for critters around the world. Some are very general, while others are focused on specific services, cater to certain species, or entirely dedicated to even a single species breed. In the case of lost & found services, there are many options that serve specific geographic areas and are delivered through online posting forums. These include social platforms like Facebook, general online classified sites like Craigslist and Kijiji, and others sprinkled across the Internet in various forms. The fact that so many options are attempting to fill the same space is an issue in itself because of the need to duplicate effort and ongoing monitoring for matching reports - some can be difficult to search and sort through, making it a very time-consuming exercise that's repeated constantly. While we certainly support these options and encourage our users to consider them as well, even as popular as some have become, there remains several of these challenges that are crucial for pet location. Critter Lookout has been designed and developed to specifically address such issues ... and more!
|The Critter Lookout Advantage|
Critter Lookout's goal is to become THE SITE for locating pets. With more than two years and thousands of hours invested into its custom development, Critter Lookout was created with the sole purpose of specialization to overcome the challenges that hinder the effectiveness of the options available today. The only hurdle remaining is to forever get the word out and let people see for themselves the benefits over all other choices.
Social media sites are designed for anyone to talk about anything - somewhat uncontrolled, noisy, and unstructured. Classified sites are generally the same - a catch-all for many topics. The fact that these sites simply are not designed for the specialized data associated with pets, leaves it up to the user to navigate, type, search, browse, read... over and over, every day. The best they can offer is broad, generalized categories, but it still requires constant manual searching and monitoring of all new postings.
We sincerely applaud the effort of anyone who puts effort into the genuine best-interests of our critter
friends, but after using all of these services on multiple occasions without much success, it was
obvious that there are inherent obstacles and inefficiencies that could not be overcome. The simple fact
is that these sites are all based on generalized services and not designed for specific purposes, such as
lost and found pet information. In comparison, think of the information completeness and relevance in a dating
or employment site vs. the detail and consistency (or lack of) in a general classified or social media posting... and more importantly,
realize which is more efficient for controlling, organizing, and ultimately searching the critical information.
In the cases of a 'match up' type of advantage for connecting pets to their lost owners, the choice for a well-known single, specialized service gives you and your critter the best chances - and existing, similar services in other industries have already proven this to be the case...