Plenty of twenty-somethings use Tinder nowadays to help them find a date. Now their dogs can get the same kind of treatment.
A new app based on Tinder, called Tindog, launched in May and allows users to swipe right if they “like” a dog or swipe left if they don’t. The app is meant to pair up both dogs and humans.
Tindog was developed by Holidog, which matches pet owners with sitters, walkers, and more, so pet owners don’t have to kennel their dogs if they go away on vacation. This is beneficial for the nation’s 55 million dogs, an estimated 4% of which have separation anxiety when their owners go away.
The site is one of many dog dating sites popping up, and it also allows cat owners to use the service. But there’s no app for cats just yet.
So far, Tindog has been downloaded 10,000 times and counting.
The Tindog app lets users upload a profile photo of their pets and fill out a short bio. According to Mashable, it also asks owners to input the dog’s age, sex, and breed.
Some users get creative to help their dogs stand out, either by posting photos of them dressed up or in action shots.
App users can also share photos and chat with one another if they do happen to find a “match.”
Writers at Mashable, however, weren’t exactly sure whom the app was targeting. Was it for dog owners who wanted to date one another, they asked, or is it simply used to get pet owners connected with dog walkers and sitters only?
Mashable writers reached out to the London-based Holidog to have their questions answered, but so far they haven’t received a response.
They did concur, though, that the app is addicting, and that it was kind of fun to look through the dogs’ photos.
In a press statement, Holidog founder Julien Muller explained that they created the app because dog “have the power to connect us,” which motivated the company to make it easy for dog owners to find one another.
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