There are so many of these “days” for pets, it’s difficult to keep track of them all. So I don’t usually share each and every one…every day is National Dog Day around our household anyway. However, this day, just like National Mutt Day, was started to help raise awareness of dogs in shelters needing homes, and we are always in favor of promoting that.
A Matchmaker for Adoptable Dogs
We learned of a new website, similar to Petfinder and Adopt-A-Pet, with a different twist, so thought we’d share about that for National Dog Day. PawsLikeMe is a search engine for adoptable pets like the others, but the twist is that they also include a “personality test” to help you find a dog that is compatible to your temperament and lifestyle.
This website’s founders include a veterinary animal behaviorist and a social worker with a psychology specialization. They came up with the personality assessment which claims a 90% accuracy rate in matching potential adopters to compatible pets. Co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes explains why they wanted to start this new platform: “70% of pets are re-homed more than once in their lifetime. Our genuine hope is that by providing a better way of matching pets with their new families, we can change that and find them not just a home, but the right home.”
This isn’t just some random formula they created, they actually have a proven algorithm that they use:
The quiz is short, and takes into account personality, lifestyle, and home environment. After you complete the questions, it gives you a paragraph describing “your ideal dog”. When I took the quiz, I found that paragraph to be pretty accurate as to what I would be looking for in a dog (if I were looking). You provide your zip code and it then brings up matches for you in your area. It would look like this:
You can then see the details on each dog, what percent you matched, and the percentage of how you matched in the areas of energy, focus, confidence, and independence. That page also includes a detailed paragraph of the adoptable dog’s personality alongside your ideal dog’s. There are links to share the dog on social media, and to contact the organization they are listed with. Organizations list their pets for free, and you would pay whatever the organization’s adoption fee is directly to them.
I think this seems like a fun way to look for an adoptable pet. When we’ve been looking for new pets, I’ve often taken online quizzes that would match me with a certain breed, and tools like that can always help. The only issue I have with this website at this time is that all of the dogs that came up for me were with the same rescue. I am familiar with this rescue, and their adoption fees are quite high, and their rules very strict. However, I am assured that PawsLikeMe is actively looking to expand their network of shelters and rescue partners. Since they only launched this month, I can see where it will take time to get the word out in order to have more sign on.
PawsLikeMe also offers a service to people looking to re-home their pet. The premise is that if a shelter is full, the shelter could refer people to this service, and then would receive 50% of the adoption fees charged when the pet is adopted. This could be a more comfortable way for families to re-home a pet when circumstances are tough (rather than just advertising somewhere and not knowing who you’ll get), plus the pet will be staying in their home until they are adopted. The family can know that their pet is going to a home that will be right for them. PawsLikeMe has a lot of terms and conditions in place to be sure that no puppy mills or other nefarious individuals can list pets with them (if you re-home a pet through them, you cannot receive any adoption fees). Their adoption fee for re-homed animals is only $75, which I think is very reasonable.
In addition, their adoption package includes free 30-day full coverage pet insurance, as well as more than $100 in pet product discounts and coupons. They offer adopters the opportunity to create an online profile that can get them advice, resources, and products, and integrates with other social networks like Facebook and YouTube.
At this time, PawsLikeMe only has adoptable dogs on their site, but they are looking to add cats as well in the future! So if you are looking to add a dog to your family, why not give this website a try? You may find the perfect match!
You can also follow PawsLikeMe on Facebook.