Gilad Rom, Founder
After almost losing his beloved rescue dog (Puppy Pie) while they were both on a road trip, Gilad started building Huan: The Pet Protection Network.
Driven by his passion to help all animals, and especially dogs, Gilad decided
there must be a way to help dog owners keep their pets safe – and that he was
the one to do it.
An experienced Software Engineer, Gilad held the position of Solutions Architect with Ericsson, an international telecommunications company.
Gilad grew up in a Kibbutz in the Israeli countryside, surrounded by farm animals, and got his first IBM PC at the age of eight. Fascinated, he taught himself to code and a few years later, was hired by a small telecom company as a software engineer, setting him on a career path that would eventually see him traveling the world and designing large-scale, complex High-performance software and hardware systems.
Gilad has close to 20 years of experience building and managing software products, ranging from embedded Real-Time Linux telecommunications equipment to petabyte-scale storage systems, and has worked as a consultant for several leading Israeli hi-tech companies.
Meet Puppy P. Pie. Puppy is a happy rescue dog who lives in Southern California with his rescue dad, Gilad.
Huan’s story began when Puppy somehow managed to magically escape from a locked house in a strange town. Trying to find me, he ran around in traffic, chased by strangers, dodging cars and feeling terrified.
Where was I? I was eating dinner a block away, completely unaware of the drama unfolding up the street, and thinking my dog was safely locked inside the AirBnb I left him in. I made sure he was safe! (or so I thought…)
I left his bed in the room, so he knows that’s home for the night. Put out food and water for him to eat and rest. Made sure the owners knew I’m leaving my dog there, and that no one else is scheduled to arrive. Walked around and made sure there’s no dog door or open back door. Locked the front door with a padlock. Went on to have dinner, feeling secure that my dog is safe and fully expecting him to be exactly where I left him when I got back.
What actually happened: The owner’s parents showed up unannounced and opened the door, surprising my dog, who immediately ran out to look for me in a strange place.
They were surprised and confused, and my dog was missing. And I had no idea.
Can you imagine my surprise as I found him quietly sitting by my car, out on the street, as I was walking back to the house? I can only describe that feeling as deep confusion, followed by a tsunami of “what if’s”. What if he had taken the wrong turn? What if he had gotten hit by a car? picked up by animal control? Or a stranger?
After sharing my story and realizing how many responsible dog owners had a version of their own, I realized something needed to be done. There has to be a better way than putting up flyers and calling the shelter, hoping some kind stranger finds your lost pet before something happens.
This is how Huan began – and where we started our journey to end pet homelessness once and for all.