Thursday, March 23, 2006

Database

Yskat mentioned something that we've been talking about. We have heard of cases of ear tipped cats disappearing in areas, and never turning up in the AVA.

On the other hand, there are adult, ear tipped cats suddenly turning up in other estates and the caregivers are wondering where they have come from.

Marcus and I were discussing the possibility of setting up a database of some kind for caregivers and how exactly to go about it. The idea is that it should preserve confidentiality (we don't want other people to log on, look for an address and then dump the cats there thinking there are caregivers), and yet have enough relevant information for people to determine if those cats belong to them. This would include photos, unusual characteristics, gender etc to aid in identification. As it is, every week that the cats appear in the Sunday Classifieds, someone calls up to say they are absolutely certain it's their cat - so far none of them have been.

The problem right now is that almost everyone says that dumping is happening in their areas - but there's no way to hook everyone up. If there is a website/blog or even a photo portal of some kind it might help to reunite caregivers with their cats.

Anyone have the technical know how?

4 Comments:

Blogger purrsNswipes said...

Are you talking about like the Petfinder.com Disaster/Emergency Response dbase that was used to help trace and reunite lost pets and their owners?

I think it's a great idea!

bc

23/3/06 11:43 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That looks great! I'm pretty sure quite a lot of programming went into that though!

23/3/06 11:46 AM  
Blogger ah Jo said...

but does CWS have the funds to get something like that build?

I am in IT, email me (jodizzz@yahoo.com) and I will see if there is anything I can help?

I think that it is a great idea too. I very keen to help.

23/3/06 11:52 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Ah Jo, no we don't! Help would be great, thank you!

23/3/06 11:57 AM  

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