Interaction Design Project - Student Project
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) provides refuge to hundreds of thousands of animals each year with the aim at finding loving and caring permanent new homes to these animals, the reality is that thousands of these animals are not lucky enough to be adopted and never leave these facilities.
The SPCA is well known throughout SA for their outstanding work in their respective communities, however, the majority of people still prefer buying a new pet rather than opting to adopt. So, what if there was an app that could assist the SPCA, as well as other private animal shelters, to find loving homes for these animals faster, in turn, saving the lives of potentially thousands of animals and keeping running costs down to manage these facilities.
The idea was to develop an app that would both (1) assist the SPCA and like-minded independent animal shelters in increasing the number of adoptions to loving, caring and permanent new homes in a fun, intuitive and interactive manner; and (2) convince the typical 18 - 45 year old, suburban South African population that it is better to adopt than to buy a new pet.
This idea developed into the concept creating a Tinder-like app that would allow users to search specific areas and filter through various attributes to find the perfect pet that matches your personality – much like what one would find in a typical dating app.
When opening the app, users are greeted with the newest additions to the various shelters. Users, then have the option to search for pets in their respective areas using the search bar pinned to the top of the screen. In addition, users can also filter whether they only want to see felines or canines using the two buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Each pet is also given a number of descriptive 'tags' to further ease the filtering process using the tag menu. Once decided on a pet, users can then immediately start the adoption process by entering the pet's profile and selecting to either phone or email the respected shelter or share the pet with someone they feel would provide a loving home.
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