Every day, throughout the country, thousands of animals are discovered in trouble and in need of help. Animals are found sick, injured, trapped, orphaned, entangled, and in serious trouble, but, the task of finding help can be arduous.
Too often, finders must make multiple phone calls, using critical minutes, even hours, in search of the right person or organization that can help.
Delays in finding qualified help is one of the greatest, most pervasive issues faced by wildlife casualties and the people who find them.
There is a missing link.
WildHelp is the missing link!
The WildHelp mobile application will streamline the reporting process, expediting aid to wild animals in need and the people who find them, helping save thousands of lives every year!
How it will work
A rescue begins when someone discovers a wild animal in trouble - they reach for their phone...
Using the free WildHelp app, the finder will be guided through a series of multiple choice questions to determine the closest response organization or wildlife hospital best suited for the emergency.
The finder will also have the option of adding a photograph and detailed notes.
Then, based on the user's answers and their GPS coordinates, the app will display a list of the closest and most appropriate resources - the nearest wildlife hospitals or first responders.
With a click of a button, all the information collected - the type of animal, its approximate age, its condition - if it's entrapped, injured, possibly orphaned - is sent via email and text to the selected resource, alerting them of the emergency.
Once the data has been sent, the user can place a call to make direct contact with the selected entity. They will also have the option to receive helpful safety tips and emergency information, like basic instruction on first aid that could help save the animal's life.
We began work on WildHelp a few months ago, taking it through concept into development and the programming process.
We're nearly finished with the back-end coding - the building of the algorithm - the internal processes of the app, but there is still a tremendous amount of work ahead, and only so much we can accomplish without funding.
We need your help to make WildHelp a reality.
Here's a breakdown of anticipated costs:
Research and data entry: $11,000.00
Kickstarter fees (based on 20K): $2,000.00
Rewards and shipping costs $1,800.00
We've raised $8,000.00 in donations (outside of Kickstarter). Add that to the pledges we've received on Kickstarter so far, and we have just enough to cover the cost of programming, development and the pledge drive expenses.
We must secure funds to create the database of emergency response organizations and wildlife resources, sorted by geographic location and area of expertise.
This task will be the most time-consuming. We expect it will take approximately 700 person-hours to make contact with every wildlife rescuer and every wildlife hospital in the United States to collect accurate contact information, and then plug that data into the system.
This is why reaching our Kickstarter Stretch Goal is critical.
$20,000.00 Stretch Goal
We want to have the WildHelp App ready for Spring 2014, but, without full-time assistance, it will take months for part-time volunteers to complete the hundreds of hours necessary to build the nationwide database. We need a team of at least 3 workers to complete the process within 6 weeks (our goal).
Be a part of the solution - be a part of WildHelp!
WildHelp will revolutionize the way people report and find help for wild animals in trouble. You can be a part of this amazing life-saving tool by pledging your support, now.
In appreciation of support of $25.00 or more, you'll will be rewarded with a cool item, recognizing your valuable contribution to this project.
Thank you! ~ Rebecca Dmytryk
How it all started
It started a few months ago, when I was on the phone with Matthew Catronova, with IVR Technology Group, and we were discussing the wildlife hotline (which they host). I remember him saying, "If you dream it, we can probably build it."
That powerful statement lead to numerous brainstorming meetings in which WildHelp was conceived.
The three of us are a team - co-creators of WildHelp, each bringing our unique skills and expertise to the table in developing this amazing life-saving tool.
Matthew Catronova is the project's Lead Manager. As an Application Designer and Project Manager, Matthew excels at bridging the gap between design and development. His creative fluency, mixed with a process-oriented workflow, ensures the success of the projects he oversees.
Christopher Fraschetti, is Lead Developer. Chris has been working in the software development field for over 15 years. From leading projects to tutoring students, Chris has experienced a large spectrum of operating systems, languages, platforms and people. This experience gives him the unique intuition to provide solid collaborative energy to every project.
As Project Director, my role is design and concept. With my extensive experience - over 30 years in the field of wildlife rescue (CV), I'm providing Matt and Chris with the information they need to build a user-friendly yet comprehensive system to help aid animals and the people who find them.
What backers are saying:
I am a wildlife rehabilitator who has had numerous people come up to me and tell me a story of an animal they found on the road, beach or in their yard and they had non idea who to call. This app will help everyone to be better prepared to help wildlife and more animals will live if they get cared for in time. I encourage everyone to support it.
What a fabulous and much needed tool! I too have been in situations where I have been totally frustrated at the inability to find or contact anyone when I have found an animal that clearly needs help. I hope you manage to get this off the ground and will do my best to share with as many people as I can. Best of luck!!!
I can think of so many situations in the past where this would have been an amazing tool for finding who to contact and accurately direct them to the animal in need of help. This is great!
I am SO EXCITED that you have created this amazing app. We are a devoted animal rescue family, and we have done work in wildlife rehab. This campaign / creation is SO IMPORTANT!!!! Thank you for offering up this amazing contribution, which will help countless wild animals!! Bravo!!!
Risks and challenges
One of the major components of the WildHelp application will be its extensive database of first responders and wildlife professionals located throughout the United States. Building this database will be the most time-consuming aspect of the project, requiring hundreds of hours to contact the many individuals and organizations, confirming contact information, recording their location for the geo-locator, and sorting them by the type of animals they specialize in.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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