Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson, Found Animals Foundation, Forbes billionaire, 20 Million Minds, Alya

Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson, Found Animals Foundation, Forbes billionaire, 20 Million Minds, Alya
Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson, Found Animals Foundation, Forbes billionaire, 20 Million Minds, Alya

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review of Gary Michelson Found Animals Foundation pet registry

I finally had time to take a look at his pet microchip registry. I doubt this will be helping animals. I would bet money he'll probably release some news stating his registry helped reunite a lost pet with their owner. There will be happy photos of someone holding a dog. He will hope the happy news will cause people to register their chip in his registry. Below I outline the problems with his registry.

One, the registry does not include all microchip records from any or all microchip companies. So far this is something a regular person would have to know about and then register their own chip information.

Two, Gary Michelson is selling the pet and owner data to advertisers. It says so in his terms of service.

Three, his terms of service outline the problems with the registry. Not all pet owners will register their old or new chips.

Four, not all finders of lost pets will check the registry. Finders need scanners unless the chip is on a pet ID tag on the animals collar. If the chip number is on the collar, their name and phone number would be there as well. No need for the registry.

Five, he makes no warranties about his service, website, ability to contact owners or if the website will even exist in the future.

Six, people need to keep their data current. Most people with current chips don't do this. Someone who keeps their data current probably has a collar with ID on the animal.

I will test the registry and see if it even works. I personally feel this is just a means for Gary Michelson to sell the data for money. He probably also did it for positive press.

UPDATE: Just tested the registry. I put in my chip which I registered and it found it. The problem is the registry will not notify the owner of the animal that you found their pet unless you sign up and make an account. People may not want to make an account just to possibly return someone's pet. I guess you could put in fake data except the phone number but I'm sure it will demand a real email.

On that note Gary Michelson said he started the Found Animals Foundation to use HIS money to help animals. Why is he, a billionaire, asking for donations? Why does he charge for people to attend his forums? Why is he selling registry data to advertisers? Why does he want to make money off a patent for a sterilant? If I had such a drug, I would give it to the world for free and I'm not a billionaire. I could use the money.

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