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Big Data Is Lending A Helping Hand To Pets

How it can improve their quality of life

1Mar

Big Data is having a profound effect on businesses and organizations, helping boost profits, improve productivity, and make the shopping experience more refined than ever so consumers can have customized experiences with Big Data offering unique insights. This is making our lives and finances better than ever, but can this help our animal companions?

Believe it or not, even though a pet doesn’t have the foggiest chance of understanding or even acknowledging the existence of a data pool, they’re being affected too – in more impressive ways than even we are. How is Big Data lending a helping hand to pets?

1. Finding and Even Predicting the Locations of Abandoned Pets

Big Data allows shelters to see where pets are most often abandoned, with more detailed insights like time of year, time of day, and unique circumstances such as a dip in the economy or local housing rates that result in the most pets left abandoned. Rather than these creatures left to wander until someone comes across them, shelters can predict when they’ll be out on their own and double their efforts to gather them up. This leaves less room for violence between a frightened pet and the public, as well as reduces the time an animal is left alone, exposed to extreme weather, and hungry.

2. Making Better Matches for Pets and Homes

Getting an abandoned pet to a shelter is only half the problem; when it comes to finding it a new home, that’s usually where things turn pessimistic. Finding a safe home, ensuring the new owner is fully aware and fully compatible for the needs of the creature, and keeping the possibility of the animal being returned at bay produces a wide range of variables that often turn sour. However, Big Data is able to mediate these variables by creating detailed profiles on both the pets and their adopters, then matching up the two for the best results. There’s no guesswork or wishful thinking; adopters find a pet best suited for their lifestyle, abilities, and wants, and the pet finds a home that fits it well.

3. Increasing the Funding to Animal Shelters

Animal shelters, like any organization, rely on funding in order to provide the service they need to. This drives many to run their shelter more like a business focused on profits and productivity than caring for the animal, leading to perfectly wonderful pets being put down or homed to bad families just to keep the doors open. However, Big Data is able to provide hard facts and numbers as to why a particular animal shelter is doing the most good and can expect a larger volume of pets in the future, encouraging more funding to be donated or allocated. With this improved financial security, shelters can on the pets, rather than on their budget.

4. Reducing Vet Costs

Vet expenses discourage many people from taking on a pet, and encourage a few to give up their pet simply because they can’t provide the medical attention they need. Big Data is able to pinpoint the areas with the highest volume of abandoned or rehomed pets, and work in initiatives with local veterinarians to reduce the costs. This allows pets to receive better care more often, and most importantly, encourages their owner to keep their animal companion rather than give them up because of necessity.

5. Pinpointing Areas Most in Need of Spay/Neutering Programs

It’s difficult to home the pets in need of rescue when more are born every day. Big Data allows organizations to see which areas have the most unwanted pets, and can then use these insights to create specialized spaying or neutering programs for that area. Often times, pet owners will not have their animal fixed because they don’t have access to the right opportunities, but Big Data makes sure the animals don’t suffer because of this.

Big Data, with help from converged systems, allows us to make more informed decisions by giving us a broader and more accurate perspective. While this helps our businesses and our shopping experiences, it’s also giving us a new perspective on pets in need of homes, allowing actions to be taken so both animals and their owners can lead better lives. 

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