Tails are wagging at Bark & Co today as we officially welcome a new paw-duct to the pack. BarkBuddy is the app that matches you with the fluffiest singles in your area.
Some of you may remember the Pup Up Shop adoption events we had in NYC and LA last summer. Our idea was pretty simple: bring cool people to a place where they want to hang out, insert puppies and the rest would take care of itself.
The crazy thing is that our idea worked. We learned that if we presented these pups in a way that showed their true value we could vastly increase the chance they’d get adopted. We also learned that running adoption events is hard work (lots of pee), so we gained a LOT more respect for of the amazing rescue organizations that spend their lives wrangling pups.
Then we did some math. 80 dogs adopted in four days, that’s 20 dogs a day. So even if we had a Pup Up every day for an entire year we’d only get 7,300 dogs out of shelters. Compare that to the over 2 million in shelters in the US alone and you start to get an idea of the size of the problem these rescues are facing.
So we went back to the drawing board and came up with something completely new. BarkBuddy is an app that turns your puppy-pic browsing obsession into a force for good. Now you can swipe through thousands of adoptable pup profiles in your area and let BarkBuddy play matchmaker.
Once you sniff out a perfect new pack member, BarkBuddy helps you get the tennis ball rolling by easily allowing you to contact rescue organization. Even if you’re not looking for a new buddy you can play matchmaker yourself by sharing adoptable pups with friends and family on Facebook.
Right now there are over 300,000 adoptable dogs on BarkBuddy and we’ve already had 8 million swipes in the week it’s been live. (!!!) We also want to give a huge and humbled thanks to Apple for choosing BarkBuddy as one of the top new apps. It’s incredible to feel any support when it comes to rescuing pups. So get the app and get swiping to save some dogs!