Looking for a way to help shelter pets in your town? There’s an app for that.
Pics for Pets is a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices that aims to increase shelter animal adoption rates through pet photography.
When cats and dogs arrive at a shelter, they’re typically scared and dirty, and this is often when they have their pictures taken. These untimely photos — often taken in poor lighting — are what people see when looking for a potential pet, and a bad photo can translate to a lower chance of adoption.
About 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters annually, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
That’s why nonprofit DoSomething.org created Pics for Pets. The app lets you take a photo of a shelter animal, enter information like breed, age and location, and share the image via Facebook.
“Shelters have said this is really helpful to them because not a lot of shelters have enough staff to take all the pictures,” campaign manager Greg Thomas told Fox News. “By taking and sharing a great picture of a shelter animal, you can double its chance of being adopted."
Pics for Pets isn't just for dogs and cats — pigs, roosters, hedgehogs, chinchillas, monkeys and other adoptable critters have also had their photos snapped and shared.
DoSomething.org is encouraging teenagers to spend their summer vacation volunteering as “fur-tographers” and is even offering a $4,000 scholarship to one lucky participant. Each time a teen uploads a photo of an adoptable animal to the Pics for Pets gallery between now and Aug. 23, they’ll be entered to win.
“Utilizing something that teens are already experts in — sharing photos on Facebook — we are hoping to show people that their next potential pet can be the cute animal down the street at their local shelter,” Thomas said.
For more information on Pics for Pets, watch the video below.
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