Find help for an injured animal, fast! This app will connect users with the nearest rescuers, based on GPS and type of animal found.
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Every day, people encounter wild animals in need of help. Animals are found sick, injured, displaced, trapped, 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!
A rescue begins when someone discovers a wild animal in trouble - they reach for their phone...
Using the free WildHelp mobile application, 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.
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). We were discussing ways to improve the system, and 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 give Matt and Chris the information they need to build a user-friendly yet comprehensive system to help aid animals and the people who find them.
We have taken the WildHelp concept through the initial phase - we have drawn up the basic paths for the system, but need your help to make the WildHelp mobile application a reality.
Your support will fund the development of the WildHelp application for both iOS and Android operating systems, which will include the creation of an extensive database of emergency response organizations and wildlife resources throughout the United States, sorted by geographic location and area of expertise.
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 project 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
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. If we're lucky enough to receive more than our Initial Goal amount, we will use the additional funds to help us complete this portion of the system more quickly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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