Tinder for Puppies
Tinder has to be one of the most talked about apps of 2014 so far. For the uninitiated, the brutal dating app allows users to scroll through endless profile pictures, swiping right if they like the look of someone, and left if they don’t. If they liked you back, you get a match and its over to you to start chatting.
But what if instead of flattering selfies, you were scrolling through pictures of homeless puppies?
brings Tinder-like efficiency to the world of dog adoptions. Just log into the app, set your location and your pet preferences (size of dog, age of dog, etc) and the app will match you up with your perfect pooch within a 50 mile radius.
How it works
The brainchild of New York based Barkbox Ltd, the app was created after the founders held a series of successful puppy mixers in New York and LA last summer. More than 80 dogs were adopted within four days.
The app acts as a virtual mixer for prospective owners. It lists around 300,000 homeless puppies and dogs all over the USA, and invites users to swipe right or left depending on whether they could see themselves becoming BFFs with the dog on their screen.
Users save their favourites and have the option of contacting the relevant shelter if their preferred pets are still available.
For the indecisive, the app will even help you figure out which type of dog is right for you. Your swipe history is stored and used to get a sense of your favourite qualities in a dog, and the firm will then put together a graph showing which types of dogs you prefer.
The app hopes to reach 50 million swipes in its first month, so hopefully those 300,000 single’ dogs won’t be homeless for much longer. Although only available in the US, it is likely that if the app reaches its goal, it may be brought over to the UK to help us Brits find the right dog for us.