Several high-tech solutions to the problem of shelter overcrowding took the top spots at the 3rd Annual Innovation Showdown held during the Humane Society of the United States‘ (HSUS) Animal Care Expo in New Orleans last week.
The Innovation Showdown, a collaborative effort between the Petco Foundation, the Jackson Galaxy Project, and several other organizations devoted to animal welfare, brings innovators together to tackle some of the biggest issues currently facing animal welfare. Over 100 animal welfare organizations submitted their ideas for saving the lives of animals in need. Of those, three were selected to present their concepts to a panel of judges for a chance to receive an investment of up to $200,000.
The third place winner, Front Street Animal Shelter, received a $75,000 investment for their proposed automated scheduling solution to facilitate the process of socializing shelter dogs.
The second place winner, Day of the Dogs, received a $175,000 investment for their concept for a crowd-funded solution to preventing the euthanasia of shelter animals.
The first place winner, Dallas Animal Services, received a $200,000 investment for the proposed mobile app designed to allow potential adopters of shelter animals to meet potential adoptees via two-way video chat.
“The Innovation Showdown shows how thinking out of the box in animal welfare to solve problems is another way to help us become a life-saving nation. The nation’s top animal welfare organizations coming together to provide insight, guidance and ultimately investments to launch these ideas is instrumental to their success.”
— Susanne Kogut, President, Petco Foundation
For more information on the Innovation Showdown as well as this year’s winners, head here.