Tragedy strikes when a pet owner searches their home and yard, only to find a hole in the fence, with their pet’s collar hanging on a torn edge; then the realization that their pet is missing starts to set in…
Fortunately for them technology has improved over the years to help reunite those beloved pets with their families. Thousands of animals have been returned home, due to the new and fancy technology of a microchip. These small, grain of rice-sized devices are the technological equivalent to a pet collar. These microchips, installed in the pet, use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to make the stored information on your pet easier to read than the common dog tag. The chip, however, is not a GPS tracker. It simply houses an ID number that unlocks pertinent pet information. The vet or animal shelter scans over the microchip to receive the chip ID. Once located in the system, it confirms ownership by listing the owner and contact information, the pet’s name, and their veterinarian. But despite all these advances, there are still downsides to these microchips. Different manufacturers don’t accommodate every kind of chip created; therefore they’re not always effectively scanned, especially those manufactured overseas. And not all chips are under one universal registry. If a lost pet’s microchip fails to scan or doesn’t show up on the registry, the pet may either be put into a shelter or worse, euthanized.
However, this potentially heart-breaking problem can be solved through a decentralized application (Dapp) that focuses on protecting lost pets. All registries would be put in one location: the blockchain. With the public address of the chip ID on the blockchain, transferring a pet’s certificate will be easier than ever. In the unfortunate event of giving away a pet to a shelter, the owner can simply agree to hand the pet certification over to the shelter for the next owner. This process can also easily be applied to trading livestock. Farmers and ranchers can use the microchip on the blockchain to transfer information of the cattle, hog, or chicken to the next owner.
This specific Dapp could also provide higher security over an owner’s information. Tradtional databases and registries are vulnerable and can be breached, thus leaving a pet owner’s personal information out in the open. But with a blockchain database and registry, the owner’s information, as well as the pets’, would be protected.