Best Pet Matchmaking Apps
Did you know there are apps available to help you find the dog or cat that is just right for your needs and lifestyle? Take a look at some of the best pet matchmaking apps and their features.
The AllPaws app has an interface that resembles a typical dating app, but includes the photos and bios of more than 200,000 pets across the country who are waiting for their forever homes. Search using a variety of criteria, such as size, age and special needs, and save your favorites from the search results. When you find the perfect match, the adoption process starts with a swipe. (Available for iOS only.)
Best Feature: You can text shelters directly from the app to ask questions about pets that catch your eye.
Success Story: Laura Tiers found her ideal dog using AllPaws. “I think there’s a misconception out there that rescue dogs are damaged goods,” she said to CBS New York, “but he fits in fine with our family, and we really, really love him.”
“Find fluffy singles near you” is the tagline of this free dog-centric app. You start by indicating the type of dog you want to find. Then, just like Tinder, you swipe left or right to indicate your interest in dogs near you that are a possible match. The app lists about 300,000 adoptable dogs throughout the U.S. and Canada. (Available for iOS and Android.)
Best Feature: You can arrange a meet-and-greet directly from the app.
Success Story: Sookie, who was adopted by Amanda of Bakersfield, California, sleeps on “nothing under 1,200 thread count now,” according to the BarkBuddy website.
The free coMpanion app lets you narrow your search for an adoptable cat or dog by gender, size, age and other factors. It keeps a history of the matches found, so you can easily review previous pets of interest. The app also makes it easy to find shelter locations on a map. (Available for iOS only.)
Best Feature: You can view more than one full-screen photo of many of the pets.
How I Met My Dog
Currently in beta testing in six New England states, How I Met My Dog focuses on behavior and lifestyle rather than breed to find the perfect canine friends for users. After you complete a survey, three “PET” factors — personality, expectations and training style — are taken into consideration to find your “comPETibility match.” When you decide to adopt a dog, you can send the application directly through the app. (Anticipated cost of $49 for unlimited matching; free during beta testing.)
Best Feature: The adoptable pets include shelter dogs as well as dogs who need to be rehomed by their owners.
Success Story: Jamie and Chris adopted their very first match, Izzy. “She was exactly what we were looking for, small-medium and around a year old, with some other specifics,” they said. “The site made it super easy to match us with a dog that would match our personality.”