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Pet app helps owners socialize

SHARED INTERESTS:Along with helping to return lost pets, the new app has been designed to encourage the owners to build social networks, the developers said

By Chen Ping-hung and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A poodle’s image is displayed on a cellphone screen in Taipei yesterday after scanning the QR code on its tag using the Qme app.

Photo: Chen Ping-hung, Taipei Times

An app and online platform for pets and their human owners is gaining popularity among the nation’s pet -loving community.

Combined with a collar-tag device with QR-CODE, the app QmeMore enables people to register their cats and dogs and allows pet owners to link up and socialize.

The developers are comprised of three young Taiwanese with different technical backgrounds.

When pet owners log in to the app through Facebook, they can blog about their pets, upload the animal’s medical record, post photographs, write messages and talk to other owners, the developers said.

The collar-tag device can help identify a lost pet and help to return it to its owners, because the app is able to locate mobile phone signal emissions.

The QR-CODE collar-tag has already proved helpful.

In one case, a missing dog was found and returned to its owner within 48 hours.

“People who find a lost pet can link up to the Qme site app and quickly find out whether it has special care needs, so that pets with medical conditions can receive the proper treatment,” one of the developers said.

“Our team will develop more features, using the latest mobile technology this year. We are aiming to become the world’s first social media site focusing on pets. All features will be linked through Facebook and Pinterest,” she added.

The platform has a section featuring different themes for each day of the year, such as “Black Dog Day,” “Husky Day,” “Blue Cat Day,” “Military Dog Day” and others.

Pet owners have posted pictures of cats or dogs according to each day’s theme and shared them with other owners.

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