To share information about individual animals, Animal Humane New Mexico uses Google tablets instead of paper kennel cards in their main adoption area. Staffers at the ASPCA Partnership agency have found the tablets to be a real hot spot in the shelter.
According to Animal Humane’s executive director Peggy Weigle, the tablets are interactive, which instantly engages potential adopters. Staff posts videos of the dogs playing in the dog park with employees and volunteers—or showing off their tricks—so adopters can see the dog’s personality in action. The videos are especially helpful if the dog is out of his kennel, has his back turned to the viewing area or is sleeping when an adopter comes for a visit. Says Weigle, “A dog snoozing on his bed is more likely to be taken out for a meet-and-greet because of the videos.“
The tablets, which were all donated, demonstrate the impact technology can have on creating successful matches.
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Photo: Animal Humane New Mexico