There are so many animals in need of homes in this world. Yet, the animal adoption process is just as primitive as it was twenty years ago. You can now purchase a pet from a site like Craigslist, but that really isn't helping matters. Pet adoption needs to move into the current century, and the AllPaws app aims to make that happen.
AllPaws: Helping Pets Find that Forever Home
AllPaws was developed by DCL Ventures, which is a tech startup. The app was created to match animals with potential owners in much the same way that a dating site helps two humans connect. This app is unique because it lets people search for pets according to very specific criteria.
Let's say, for example, that you want a certain breed of dog, and you know exactly what you do and don't want in a dog (independent, hunting dog, fishing dog, running dog...). You plug in your details (location, information...), and you will be given a list of animal match results. From there, you find the shelter where that perfect pup is located, and you go pick it up. Photos and other details are also provided through the app's main site.
A Labor of Love
AllPaws was created to help pets find homes, and to help pet owners find a pet without going through the pet rescue and adoption process. Often, pet rescues are too picky when it comes to finding owners, or just highly unorganized. This results in frustration, and people wind up not adopting an animal that could be easily cared for.
Right now, AllPaws hasn't launched officially yet. The site will launch in October, and there are already 100,000 animals ready to be adopted included in the AllPaws database. The DCL team has a lot of work ahead of it. There are so many animals out there that need help, love, and adoption, so it will be tough to add all, or most, of them to the AllPaws database.
Help Is Needed
The absolute best thing you can do to help this company out is to adopt a pet. If you aren't in the position to do that, you can volunteer your time to help the site. DCL is working with the nonprofit 'RescueGroups' to bring the site current and to help with development. But, more help in any kind of charity situation can always be used.
If you are in the market for a pet, do not buy an animal from a pet shop - this just encourages breeding, and that's a really bad thing. Instead, use a site like AllPaws to find a sweet animal that's in need of a home - you won't be sorry. When AllPaws does launch in October, I'll bring you the specifics of this site.
Presumably, the site will launch in the U.S. first, and then move on to other parts of the world. There are lots of animals out there that need a home, so this could take a while! Questions? Comments?