The smartphone allows the dog catchers (experts in spotting different types of dogs at a distance) to record dogs of different types seen while on transit to areas where roaming dogs are to be captured or collected for sterilisation and vaccination. Resulting maps showing the spatial distribution of sightings (maps) indicate where extra effort should be expended to improve estimates of the various percentages, for example the percentage of females spayed in that area.
When a dog is caught the "Take picture" button is pressed to photograph it and the "Voice record" button then pressed to record its sex and any distinctive features. The geo-referenced photo provides a permanent record of where each dog was caught and consequently a way of estimating the number and distribution of roaming dogs. It can also be used to help ensure that each dog is replaced at the correct location. Click here to see how to transfer records from the phone to the database, link them to the dogs in the shelter and display a map on the phone of the capture locations of dogs that are ready for release.
The database includes forms for entry of clinical data at the shelter to provide summary reports of the work carried out there and information about the dogs themselves (pregnancy status, disease frequency etc.) in addirion to the maps.