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Listings that Roam Help Get Pets Home

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Just a short little post to welcome the newest site kind enough to display the lost and found listings from us via the RSS feeds.  Its Tails n’ Trails, the brand new online club for those interested in outdoor activities with their dogs.  This  club/online forum is provided by the good people at Countryhounds.ie, suppliers of hiking, swimming and travel gear for dogs.

We are delighted to see the listings reach a wider audience and the icing on the cake is that its from a site promoting healthy active outdoor activities for dogs and we are certain the owners posting pets here will appreciate their help too.

We hope more sites will follow the great example set by TopDog.ie and TailsandTrails.ie and syndicate the feeds, either server-side or client-side.  Displaying the feeds is such a postive way to show that you or your organisation cares about the welfare of animals in Ireland and wants to help improve their lot; so what are you waiting for?

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Extending Our Reach – Now on Google Picasa

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

I’ve just thrown some code together that will automatically post lost and found pet listings with photos over on to our Lost and Found Pets Ireland Google Picasa account.

Given that it is a Google property it will be interesting to see how it impacts on our search rankings. However it works out, a few more sets of eyes will get to see the listings which can’t be a bad thing.

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Pet Photos – The Ultimate Low Cost Pet Insurance

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Don’t get us wrong here, we are not advocating that you let your regular pet insurance policy lapse, but having had a couple of listings already today without photos attached, we are struck by how much less impact listings without photos have.

With automated display of listing photos first on Flickr and now on Twitpic, the reach of your listing becomes that much greater when you add a photo.

So, snap a couple of pics of your beloved pet right now and store them away for safe keeping – you never know when you may need them.

Tips for Good Lost & Found Pet Photos

  • Use a dedicated digital camera and not a mobile phone camera as most mobile phone cameras will produce lower quality photos and this quality will degrade even more as photos are manipulated for reuse.
  • Make the pet the subject of the shot.
  • If you have multiple pets, take shots of each individually.
  • Avoid taking shots with a publicly identifiable background scene to protect your own privacy.
  • Also for your own privacy, keep yourself and other family members out of the photos.
  • Consider the angle you take the shots from. It can be wise to keep a very distinguishing marking out of the public domain. Such markings can be used by those who may find your pet to help prevent nefarious types claiming your pet.
  • Use a background which has a significantly different colour palette to your pet’s colouring – a shot of a ginger tabby sitting on a sofa with a faux tiger skin throw is not the way to go.
  • Take the shot in natural daylight to avoid red eye (can often result in ‘blue eye’ for animals) which can really change the character of your pet’s appearance.

Lost and Found Irish Pets Now on Flickr

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Just a quick headsup to let you know about some news relating to the excellent photo sharing website Flickr.

First off, all new listings with photos will now be automatically posted on our dedicated Lost and Found Pets Ireland Flickr account with a link back to their details page on our site which will help improve the listings’ online visibility.

If you’re a Flickr member, we invite you to add us to your contacts which will help spread the word about our new Flickr presence and also keep you up to date automatically with new listings posted as they will automatically appear on your ‘Contacts’ page.  You can also post your lost or found pet photos and details to our Lost and Found Pets Ireland Flickr Group even if you don’t want them listed on our main site for any reason.