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November 27, 2015 AT 3:00 am

San Antonio Pets Alive using technology to save animals #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

San Antonio Pets Alive using technology to save animals

Nice use of Raspberry Pi to help people interact with animals in kennels in San Antonio. Watch the video here.

The goal is to save 10,000 animals a year, said Drue Placette, CEO of San Antonio Pets Alive.

Placette said Tuesday, SAPA will partner with local tech companies to help make that happen, so when people visit SAPA to find a new friend, they wont just see an animal in a kennel.

Placette said he’s now working to get live touch screens on each kennel, so people can see dogs and cats interacting and moving around, not just stuck in a kennel.

“We want to put live touch screens on the kennels so, we can interact with them,” said Placette. “So, it’s an open source program that people can play with. It also live streams to social media and anything that is going on in our shelter, so you can see in real time what’s happening as animals are getting adopted. You can see them getting moved out.”

San Antonio Pets Alive is partnering with local tech communities like Geekdom to get the job done.

“I’ve open sourced all our software, everything we’re doing,” said Placette. “So, tech entrepreneurs can come in and work on projects, to help them, build their portfolio.”

Placette said they are going to be using devices such as the Raspberry Pi.

“The Raspberry Pi has been an amazing open-source hardware to do interactive displays and other things on the kennels,” said Placette.

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