Each year, approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are euthanized. For older pets and pets with disabilities or behavioral problems, showing off their personality is vital to getting them adopted. Personality is cited as the leading factor in choosing a pet. However, there is no easy way to communicate a pet’s personality.
People mimic what they believe to be their pet’s voice. We see it frequently in pop culture and in movies where animals are given the ability to talk. We believe that nothing encompasses a pet’s personality better than a great impersonation.
There’s an ASPCA animal out there like you. You just have to find them.
This idea led to Speak. Speak is an ASPCA service that allows users to go online, read aloud a pet’s bio, and gift their voice to that pet. These recordings then become available online and in shelters.
Many of us want to help pets, but don’t have the time to adopt or the resources to donate. Speak is that tool for those people. Head to the Speak website where you can view previous submissions.
When you’re ready, find a pet that best matches you by taking a quiz or by having your Facebook profile analyzed. Use our state-of-the-art Pet-Matcher-9000 to find the best personality match for you. By answering questions that both apply to humans and pets, we can find your best role.
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Log into your Facebook where it will analyze positivity, outgoingness, check-ins, and more to find your best match.
Once you’ve selected a pet there’s only one thing left to do. Hit record. Your voice will be magically translated to that pet where they can now tell their story aloud.
Show off your pride for gifting your voice by sharing to Facebook and tagging your friends to do the same. There’s someone out there for them too.
Local shelters can use the Speak plugin for their website. Much like how Petfinder.com works, shelters can add animals and their bios to the Speak system and pull the voices that are collected from it onto their site. Potential adopters now are given a more fun and engaging view of their future pet’s personality.
The individual shelters can then take these recordings and upload it to a special voice recording box for the in-shelter experience. Before you even read their bio or pet them, you already have a sense of who they are.
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Facebook currently matches you with your best human friend and creates a short video of your friendship, but what about your furry ones? You know the joys of having a pet and with Speak others can find that too.
We went to the Richmond SPCA with our idea and they loved it. So much so that they let us try out the voice recording box on a cat, Binks. Binks has severe cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition that causes him to not be able to move easily. The voice box was installed March 29th. On April 21st, Binks found his forever home.