DOGdex ID Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is DOGdex ID
better than the other DNA ID programs?
Q: Can DNA really get
my dog back?
Q: Is DOGdex a
Q: How can you help a
municipality get started? And what is the cost?
With municipalities ranging from 100 dogs and less to 100,000 dogs and more, each has different needs, resources and implementation requirements. Because our company is primarily an IT company, we can create custom software integrations for each at no cost. Provide web resources and hardware at no cost. We also have plans to capitalize on commercial licensing to generate revenue for the city even before the ID is required.
Municipalities have nothing to lose and everything to gain. In most cases, we can greatly increase the revenue that cities have to run their animal programs with no investment from the city at all. All this while reducing their operating costs.
All they have to do, is have a desire to stop euthanizing dogs, we do everything until the city sees a profit and can begin requiring ID from each registered dog.
Q: Why hasn't every
city signed up, it seems like a no brainer?
We realize how much people want this program and we are working to make it a reality. But Rome was not built overnight and neither will DOGdex ID.
If we tried to work with too many municipalities at one time we would not have the millions of extra dollars to make this happen and we don't want to burden any municipality with that cost.
Q: This seems to good
to be true, why haven't other companies done this?
One that very few companies could ever execute because it requires the marriage of science, technology and politics, three ideas that mix like oil, fire and water. Maybe that is why it has never been attempted before or maybe because the profit level is so low.
In starting the project we contacted countless DNA labs to ask them for processing. Nobody wanted to meet our cost margins when they could process human DNA for over 100 times the price.
On the IT side, developing the database would cost millions but we did that in house with our own tools, hardware and developers. That means we lost millions not doing work for paying customers.
We are still working through the politics part, but who in their right mind would want to spend millions to make pennies? Probably only someone that loves animals and sees that the real value is in solving this epidemic euthanization problem.
Who is willing to put up their cash on a pipe dream to save dogs with very little profit on the upside? So far, only one company has been willing to do that, OURS.
Q: How long does it
take to process a DNA sample?
Once we have the sample, the extraction process takes about 1 hour, then the sample needs to be amplified in a thermocycler for about 3 hours, then the sample need to be run through the analyzer which is done in large batches taking from 3 hours to over night based on the quantity being processed. Best case it takes about 7-10 hours from start to finish to process one sample. Of course, more than one sample is done in each process or we could not afford to do it.
Our goal is to be able to provide results to shelters in 24 hours however, in practical terms as we get started that number will be closer to 48 - 72 hours.
Q: We have a big city,
will you be able to handle the volume of DNA?
We have also contracted with many independent labs to manage our overflow if that occurs. Now that we have developed the processes and procedures we have a full contingent of sub contractors which will allow us to expand quickly if needed.
However, when it comes to the IT integration, we will need to work with each city to be able to provide what they need which is sometimes a slow back and forth process. This is one of the reasons why we try to work on a slower ramp up schedule so it is less painful on both ends and high volume is not an issue.
We have ready made solutions and will provide online ID tracking and web access to each municipality, but in many cases, a real time data exchange is needed, and that can take time to develop greatly depending on the abilities of the municipality's IT staff.
Q: I am the animal
services director for my city, what do I need to do to get
Q: Our police
department is requesting access to the data for crime solving,
can they get it?
We provide the processes and procedures and genetic markers so forensic labs can process crime scene evidence and match canine DNA with the profiles in the database.
Since our company is not in the chain of custody, we operate solely as an independent lab. But we can provide access to the database which is similar to CODIS so law enforcement can search by DNA profiles based on the DNA they collected.
This is particularly useful in dog bite and attack cases as well as general crime solving where canine DNA is present. With just one dog hair being one source of DNA, canine evidence is in play more and more often and DOGdex ID makes it possible to quickly locate the source.
Q: Isn't DOGdex ID an
invasion of privacy? Now the police can track my
Q: I am not a
municipality, just a pet owner, how can I help?