Most pet owners feel relatively safe after microchipping their pets, but thanks to three Lexington college students, the next pet location breakthrough may have arrived. The new technology imprints a QR code on a specially-designed collar insert, so that any Good Samaritan with a smartphone can alert the owner of the lost pet's location. Watch this video to see how the TagaPetTM Argos tag works.
The TagaPet website describes the service as "active pet protection" because it goes a step beyond providing owner information. When the person who found the lost pet scans the collar's QR code, they instantly receive the pet's owner information on their smartphone screen. At the same time, the owner receives an alert notifying them of the exact GPS location of the scan. The tag also sends out a "lost pet alert" to animal shelters and through Facebook and Twitter.
According to a Sept. 20 article in The Advocate Messenger, TagaPet's founders, Michael Ward, Mac Glidewell and Ben Wilson, have known each other since they were kids, all grew up in Danville, Kentucky, and all roomed together at University of Kentucky. To keep their lab-border collie mix Lily safe, the three friends created a start-up company called TagaPet. Their idea was adopted by Awesome, Inc. and resulted in a mentorship with $1,000 in startup funds. Awesome, Inc. offers teams like TagaPet a multi-purpose space in which to work on Main Street in Lexington, with a small portion of their earnings to be reinvested in the accelerator program for future projects.
With no monthly subscription fees and a retail price of just $19.95, the TagaPet Argos tag may be the difference between a lost pet and a found pet. Learn more on their Facebook page, Twitter, or YouTube.
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