New app has users swiping right to help adoptable animals find forever homes

John McDevitt
February 11, 2019 - 4:00 am



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new app is like Tinder for rescue dogs, but instead of swiping for a date, you’re swiping to adopt a fluffy forever friend.

The new app, known as BarkBuddy, is helping connect people with dogs up for adoption.

"It’s completely free. You download the app and then we use the Pet Finder API,” said spokeswoman Staci Grissom.

She said shelters from across the country will upload photos of dogs that are currently up for adoption.

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“We make it a really fun experience to upload like, the size of dogs that you want, you put in your location, and then you start swiping right through all of the dogs — because who can swipe left on a bunch of puppies?" she said.

The shelter then reaches out to you to arrange a meeting.

Bark, the company behind the app, also has a line of treats sold at Target called Snacks that Give Back. A portion of the treats' proceeds goes to local shelters.

The Philly-themed bag — Turkey Bacon Hoagie treats — benefit the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.