Want to Rescue a Dog? There’s an App for That
BarkBuddy helps you locate adoptable dogs in your area.
Nicole Sipe |
Posted: June 17, 2014, 6 a.m. PST
Finding the perfect dog can be a lot like dating: first, there’s the search. Then, the meet-and-greet. Then, if everyone likes each other ... maybe another date, or maybe a permanent place in your heart.
But dating and finding a dog both take lots of hard (and sometimes frustrating) work to find just the right one. Enter BarkBuddy, a new app that works a lot like the dating app Tinder: you swipe through pictures of among thousands of adoptable dogs in your area to help you narrow down your search for the perfect pup.
Promising to help match you with "the fluffiest singles in your area,” BarkBuddy sources its dog photos from rescues and animal shelters all around the United States and Canada, including Petfinder. Currently, the app lists 300,000 dogs looking for forever homes.
People familiar with the Tinder app will find BarkBuddy’s interface similar. As each dog photo appears on your screen, you swipe either left or right to indicate that "Yes, I like this dog,” or "No, this dog isn’t for me.” You can also tap the photo of each dog to learn more about that particular pooch, including the dog’s name and description of his personality. You also have the option of sharing the photo with friends via Facebook, or saving it to your favorites to revisit later.
If you stumble upon the perfect match during your swiping sessions? The app helps you get the ball rolling by connecting you with the rescue organization’s phone number or email address to set up a meet-and-greet.
BarkBuddy also lets you key in your doggie preferences before you start swiping, so you only see the dogs you want to see. You can filter the list of available dogs by either male or female, breed, activity level, age and size. As you swipe through more dogs, BarkBuddy gathers your swiping stats and learns your preferences, helping you narrow down your search to find your perfect pet.
BarkBuddy is free to download at the iTunes store, and is designed for both the iPhone and iPad. Get it here.
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