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Over 2000 Lower Hutt dog owners enjoy benefits of Doggone

Dog owners in Lower Hutt are signing up in droves to Doggone –  a New Zealand-first, innovative technology, to help dog owners be reunited with their lost dogs.

“Since dog registrations began in late May, we’ve had 2000 people sign up” says Hutt City Council Divisional Manager of Regulatory Services and Emergency Management, Geoff Stuart.

“This is tracking higher than expected and, with the free text option, anyone in the community will be able to help reunite a dog with its owner.  We’re wanting dog owners to take up Doggone as part of their dog registration, and we’re hoping many more family members, friends and neighbours will download the free app to help in the reuniting process.”

Doggone is a new technology that links a Bluetooth registration tag with a free app, a Virtual ID profile of the dog that its owner creates in the App and a free text service. Every time a dog wearing the tag comes within 60 metres of a phone with the Doggone App, a sighting is automatically created and is available for the dog’s owner to view in their App.

“It’s a fantastic tool to help reunite a dog and its owner quickly and efficiently … not just for dog owners but Animal Management Services and members of the public who want to lend a hand.”

Council made the decision to offer Doggone to dog owners following a three-month trial in late 2018 among dog owners in Stokes Valley.

“Feedback from the trial strongly indicated that Doggone was effective and dog owners indicated a strong desire to have Doggone available to them. So we made the decision to offer it as part of dog registration”, adds Stuart.

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