With an estimated four million pets killed in shelters every year, Adopt-a-Pet.com has made it easier for East Valley residents to find a pet through the use of Google Maps.
The Google Maps-powered program enables users to see the location of the closest shelter and rescue groups in their local area.
“Often these groups can’t afford to have high value retail space and as a result these groups work in lesser known buildings,” said Jeff Howard, director of Internet marketing for Adopt-a-Pet.com. “It’s difficult for people to understand just how many dogs and cats are available locally in your area.”
Due to the size of the greater Phoenix area, Howard said Adopt-a-Pet.com realized that a different page for each specific part of the Valley would be more appropriate.
“Each part of the city has a separate culture and set of pet-friendly things to do. We have separate pages to resonate with specific areas,” Howard said.
Pets are added to the map by rescues and shelters that sign-up through the Adopt-a-Pet website. Once the pet is added to the system basic information is added to its profile; this includes a picture, the breed, color, age, size, sex and contact information is always given to help with the adoption process.
Adoption is “quite beneficial to prospective owners,” Howard said. “So many of the dogs and cats in shelters have already been spayed or neutered, they are up to date on shots, and the cost per adoption is almost always less than buying elsewhere.”
Howard also noted that most of the pets in shelters are often already house trained and since most pets in a shelter are in adulthood a shelter can “pick a four legged friend who is best for your lifestyle, such as good with kids, potty trainer, good with other pets.”
The pets in a shelter often times were put there due to circumstances that were out of their control, Howard said. “More often it’s not due to bad behavior” but because of divorces or breakups, the owner moved, financial instability, or just because the owner is irresponsible, he said.
Adopt-a-Pet.com is a nonprofit organization geared toward providing animals in shelters and rescues with more exposure. Sponsorships by Purina, Bayer, and other industry leaders drive the company.
The map itself can be found at evtnow.com/adoptapetmap.
Adopt-a-pet.com has included an embeddable code for those interested in sharing the map on their own web page or blog.