'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'

App matches prospective dog owners with shelter animals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2019 7:20 AM CST
'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'
In this photo taken on Saturday, a woman plays with her new pet dog that she adopted, thanks to the new mobile app GetPet, at her home in Vilnius, Lithuania.   (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners, per the AP. Called GetPet, the app was launched last month, is getting hundreds of new users daily, and already has made a few matches. It joins a growing market of apps for people looking to adopt a pet, including PawsLikeMe and BarkBuddy. "It is like Tinder, but with dogs," says Vaidas Gecevicius, one of the app's creators. "You can arrange a meeting with the dog—a date."

GetPet features profiles of furry four-legged creatures looking up with soft, yearning eyes. Scrolling down reveals more information about the pup, and those interested can then swipe right. But there are limits to the Tinder comparison: It's a one-sided situation, where the dogs don't get to have a swiping experience. If you swipe left, another dog profile appears. The app only features dogs for now, but the plan is to eventually include cats and other animals. (This shelter dog wasn't ready to be put down.)

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