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Alexa Skill of the Week: Pet Adoption Finder

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with

This week’s skill: Pet Adoption Finder

Description: The unofficial skill for Using PetFinder’s API, we are able to search their system for pets available for adoption in your area, based off of your zip code.

Real world use: I sat down and thought about it the other day and realized how many of my friends and family are involved in rescuing pets. My daughter has worked for a vet office for years and she’s constantly bringing home abandoned and damaged animals to nurse them back to health until a proper home can be found. I have a cousin and a friend who both share pet adoption information constantly on Facebook like it’s their God-given mission. I also have a good friend who is a myITforum community member, Bob Cornelissen. Bob and his wife run a dog shelter in Thailand called the House of Tails. We help raise money for Bob’s endeavor at our technology conferences. It’s a lot of work and real calling and if you are ever looking to donate to something worthwhile that is out of the norm, you should consider this.

But, if you think about it, you probably have a number of people in your circle who also work to make sure good pets find good homes. Maybe, its you.

This new skill for Alexa can help you find a pet, or help you find a pet for someone else – all within the proper geographical location.

Examples of things you can say…

“Alexa, ask Pet Adoption Finder how many abyssinian cat are near 02140”
“Alexa, ask Pet Adoption Finder to list golden retriever are near 02140”
“Alexa, ask Pet Adoption Finder how many ponies are near 02140” 

Where to get it: You can locate the Pet Adoption Finder Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Pet Adoption Finder


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