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App tracks pets lost in Northern California wildfire

Posted at 10:39 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 17:00:30-05

Hundreds of pets are missing as a result of California’s still burning wildfires.

Now, people are jumping in to try and help connect the pets with their owners.

Amber Wittner created an app called Paw Prints.

“I thought, ‘How can I work to make a difference digitally?'” she said.

Here’s how it works: Animal owners create dots indicating where the pet was last seen, its breed and contact information. Anyone who finds an animal can create a star through the app, with the same details that hopefully ends with the pet being reunited with its owner.

“They can easily put a found dot on the map and that way, hopefully, that owner will come across the map and say, ‘Oh my gosh, they have my pet,'” Wittner said.

The app is not just for owners. Wittner said first responders can use the app, too.

“They could look at this app and realize, ‘OK, I’m at this house, I’m on the ground,'” Wittner said.

Wittner says she’s just hoping to make a difference in the lives of pets and people who have lost everything.