“We are going to get a new dog!” For dog lovers, this phrase brings about instant happiness. However, getting a dog isn't so simple. There are so many things that need to be taken into account: What kind of dog will work best with my busy schedule? Will the dog want to exercise with me? Will the dog be good around small children? The list of questions goes on and on and at this point you might be thinking that finding the perfect dog is impossible.
Fortunately, the people at PawsLikeMe have found the solution to your problem. PawsLikeMe, which works in a similar way to "E Harmony" but for finding a dog, helps people and pets find each other and live happier lives together” from the comfort of your home. By logging on to the PawsLikeMe website, you are prompted to initially take a brief personality test. This brief test addresses some of the key questions of dog ownership, such as your general activity levels and average time away from the dog. Then PawsLikeMe uses it’s “propriety people-to-pet matching algorithms that identify the most important factors that determine compatibility between people and pets”. Once completed, PawsLikeMe generates a list of available rescue and shelter animals in your geographic area and ranks your compatibility with the available pups.
PawsLikeMe addresses the problem of “people adopting the wrong pet resulting in failed people-pet relationships”. PawsLikeMe also provides “valuable guidance through the adoption process, and the tools needed to successfully place a pet into a compatible new home”. This is vital because as PawsLikeMe assists owners in finding the perfect dog, it ultimately results in fewer dogs being surrendered by owners due to unfit matches. This in turn helps to reduce the number of dogs needing to be placed in shelters.
In addition to reducing the turnover of failed people-pet relationships, PawsLikeMe only recommends dogs that have been rescued or are currently shelter animals. As the PawsLikeMe website states, “our work in rescue taught us of the need to keep animals out of shelters. The euthanasia statistics are staggering, and the lives lost will never be regained. Though the numbers are improving, too many animals are euthanized each year, and PawsLikeMe wants to help make that number even smaller by giving current guardians, shelters and rescues an alternative path to finding a new home for a pet”. Therefore, PawsLikeMe provides a major channel that rescue organizations and dog shelters can use to assist in the adoption of their animals.
The creative mind behind this revolutionary dog adoption system is Elizabeth Holmes, co-founder and current CEO of PawsLikeMe. Holmes has a strong base in technology and analytics and has held numerous positions in “designing creative experiences and web-based products for companies to start-up enterprises” and has always felt that “technology was an ideal driver for change and innovation”. Holmes’ strong technological base and passion for animal welfare ultimately served as her inspiration and creative base for what would ultimately become PawsLikeMe.
Although only being released roughly a year ago, PawsLikeMe has boasted an impressive 91% accuracy level in its matches! As Holmes and her team continue to grow and build the platform, it will be interesting to see how technology transforms our pet buying experience.