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Fun with dogs, teens and the environment

Neighborhood apps bring residents together for social networking and good causes

by Sue Dremann

Three finalists in the City of Palo Alto's current Apps Challenge are gearing their inventions towards neighborhoods and positive change.

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2 people like this
Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

The young people involved in this project show some real-life talent.

Hopefully, we'll hear more from them in the years to come.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

This article is confusing. Are these real apps that we can try right now? Or are they ideas that will be implemented at a later time? If the later, will they be developed by the same people who proposed them or by some other groups?

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Posted by Palo Alto Homeless Dogs
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Our team (Palo Alto Homeless Dogs) is thrilled to have two app proposals as finalists in the Palo Alto App Challenge.

To find out more about the Challenge, and to get free tickets to the two upcoming events in April and May, please go here:
Web Link

To find out more about our two apps, please go here:
Web Link
On our website you can find links to our app proposals, sign up to receive updates, and more!

We welcome new team members with technical, internet, marketing, organizational, PR, design, etc. skills and also those that are knowledgeable about animal welfare or just care deeply about domestic pets, especially shelter pets.

Our team is a diverse group of people with an age range of 15-50+ and a wide variety of backgrounds. Team members are:

Cynthia Typaldos - Palo Alto
Ruthellen Dickinson - Palo Alto
Brian Smith - Montana
Nancy Cook - Los Altos
Helena Merk - Palo Alto
Justine Hirsch - Hayward

Our app proposal for “Dogs in the Neighborhood” can be found online here:
Web Link

*** Quoted from the app proposal:
Our app will address some important issues that affect both the city and many of its residents. The cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills have low compliance with the dog licensing law - our estimate, based on information we found at the City of Palo Alto website - is that only approximately 20% of dogs are licensed. Since dog license fees are an important source of revenue for the animal shelter, an increase in license fees would bring in much needed additional resources on a regular basis. We believe that our app will be appealing and useful to dog owners, and that it will provide an incentive for more owners to license their dogs.

It is possible to get to a very high licensecompliance rate by using the positive rather than the punitive approach, for example Calgary, Canada has a compliance rate of 90%!

Pet Licensing Programs That Work - Found Animals
Web Link

City of Palo Alto Fiscal Year 2013 delivered $106K in dog licensing revenue. Imagine if that number were doubled or tripled.
*** End Quote

Cynthia Typaldos
Founder, Palo Alto Homeless Dogs
twitter: @PAHomelessDogs
Web Link
650 215-8406 cell

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