Dog lovers looking to find a new pet, look no further! You can find the perfect dog for you and your family with this awesome new app.
“If you think they’re cute, you bring them home,” said Jodi Andersen to CBS local, a dog trainer and author.
Thanks to Jodi Andersen and MaryAnn Zeman it’s easy to find the right dog. The two women founded the new online business, How I Met My Dog and it works a lot like a dating app. It’s similar to the dating apps, Match.com and eHarmony. You find dogs based on their personality, lifestyle and behavior. How cool it that?
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Yes, there are several other apps similar to this one but here’s why How I Met My Dog is different. It’s way more detailed with science-based questionnaires that narrow the number of dogs that meet a human adopters lifestyle and expectations.
Around 4 million dogs per year are given to shelters and rescues, so apps for finding animals is extremely important. Many dogs are euthanized and left on the streets because people aren’t aware of adoptions or dog care.
“The system we’re using now is broken and has to be fixed,” Andersen said.
“Placing a pet in the wrong home is one of the biggest concerns at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which finds homes for thousands of dogs and other animals every year”, spokesman Rob Halpin said.
Many dog adopters are overwhelmed with love for the dogs, they adopt quickly without thinking things all the way through.
“Sometimes our emotions take leave of our senses,” said Halpin.
How I Met My Dog, has partnered with 24 Boston-area shelters and rescues and the plan is to eventually roll it our nationally by the end of the year. So all you dog lovers looking for a new fur baby, your life is about to get a lot easier.
All you have to do is fill out what “PET profile” for personality, expectations and training style. The dog profiles are completed either by the shelter staff or the current owner. The algorithm matches the humans with dogs that complement their lifestyle.
“For example, if you have kids, you will never see a dog from us that doesn’t get along with kids,” Zeman said.
Once you match with a dog, it’s up to the adopter to meet the dog in person. It’s kind of like the dating app Bumble, where women have control. In this case, the owners have control. Once the person meets the dog, the shelter or owner determines whether there is a match.
Pawfect Life Rescue of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, was the first rescue organization to sign on with How I Met My Dog.
“They have been pretty spot on so far with having the right people come and look at the right dog,” Pawfect Life founder and president Julie Uthoff said.
The Fredette family, of Waltham, Massachusetts, was the first family to find their dog through the How I Met My Dog app. The family wanted a dog but they didn’t know how to find the perfect fit for them. Luckily, the family found the app because it led them to Roscoe, a 4-month-old mixed breed.
“Mornings are so much better around here,” Fredette said.