Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Adoption Kiosks Simplify Pet Searches

Here's anoter instance where self-service technology for retail has been adapted into a form that I never would have thought of :)
PetArk, a developer of innovative technologies that facilitate pet adoptions, has installed touch-screen kiosks in PetSmart stores and animal shelters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to provide online access to pets available for adoption. A large homeless pet population has always been a concern for area shelters, but the increase in number of strays due to Hurricane Katrina has intensified the problem of finding homes for pets that may otherwise lose their lives. By partnering with PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, Inc., PetArk hopes to give homeless pets a fighting chance.

"PetSmart Charities helps save pets' lives by connecting families to lost and homeless pets using the PetArk technology," said Susana Della Maddalena, Vice President and Executive Director of PetSmart Charities. "The kiosks provide potential adopters with a simple, convenient way to search for a pet. We're thrilled to have the PetArk kiosks installed in our Dallas-area stores and encourage PetSmart customers to use them to find their perfect pet."

"PetArk's kiosk worked well for us," said James and Valerie Proulx of Haslet, Texas, new pet-parents of Buddy, a rescued German Shepherd. "We have small children so we were looking for a full grown dog that was good with kids. We went to PetSmart and used their kiosk to type in our criteria, and found Buddy right away. We're thrilled with our new addition to the family!"

So there you have it. You can read the full article here.

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