Press Releases 2006
FKSPCA was badly affected by hurricane Wilma in 2005. While successfully able to evacuate its animals to another location prior to the hurricane’s arrival, the shelter lost all of its hardware and most of its data in the storm. Before the creation of PetPoint, animal welfare organisations were restricted largely to traditional software programs which required them to maintain their own server networks and databases on site, thus leaving their IT infrastructure vulnerable to hurricanes, tornadoes and other extreme weather conditions. Now, should FKSPCA face another emergency forcing evacuation of their animals, staff would only need to take their laptops with them to their temporary accommodation. Simple access to the Internet at their temporary location will allow them to fully resume their work using PetPoint.
“Hurricane Wilma very badly affected our ability to operate,” said Dr Gwen Hawtof, Board President of Florida Keys SPCA. “Water levels within our building approached four feet, resulting in almost a total loss of our computer hardware and servers. More importantly, all our data relating to the pets in our shelter was badly affected. Now with PetPoint, we know that our data is secure and easily accessible and our ability to operate from a remote location will be possible should weather again force us to evacuate.”
FKSPCA is one of 378 animal
welfare organisations that have now licensed PetPoint, making PetPoint the
most widely used program by shelters and rescue groups in the
“Unless you have visited the
Florida Keys SPCA, it is impossible to appreciate the degree of
weather-related exposure they operate under,” said
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