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How Dating Apps Are Being Used To Pair Humans With Homeless Dogs

Users of Bumble got a surprise when they logged onto the popular dating/networking app recently. Along with people seeking human contacts, they saw profiles of adorable puppies and dogs looking for safe, loving homes!

These "available" furry companions were being featured on Bumble as part of the ASPCA's (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) national #FindYourFido campaign, which ran during October, Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Shelters in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Austin participated in the Bumble promotion, which was focused on finding homes for adoptable dogs by gaining exposure for them through social media.

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Swipe Right...Or Left

Bumble isn't the only dating app that's been used to connect homeless dogs with their human soulmates. There are now a number of Tinder-style sites devoted solely to pairing two- and four-legged partners, like Bark Buddy, which invites users to "Find Fluffy Singles Near You" from its pool of 125,000 posted pups.

Like human dating sites, pet matchmaking apps have gotten popular because they make it easy to view a large number of candidates in a short time, all from the palm of your hand. As with dating apps, you simply swipe right if interested, and left to pass.

Most of these apps allow you to narrow your search for a furry friend by location, breed, age and gender. You can even break it down to a specific color and texture of coat, or whether the dog is good with children or cats on apps like Petfinder, the granddoggy of online pet pairing, which features some 315,000 adoptable pets from nearly 14,000 animal shelters and rescue groups.

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eHarmony For Pets

If you're not sure of the type of dog you want, the PawsLikeMe app will tell you. Billed as "eHarmony for pets," PawsLikeMe has developed a quiz that matches humans with canines or felines based on "four core personality traits that influence the interspecies bond." Users answer questions like, "Which describes you best - Caring or Logical," and, "I would exercise with my dog every day - Agree or Disagree." The app's algorithm then creates a profile combining the four personality quadrants and generates a ranking of matching adoptable pets based on their traits and behavior. PawsLikeMe says its users give it a 93% rating for accuracy.

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A "Life Saver" For Shelter Animals

As much as dog and cat matching apps have made it easier for humans to find four-legged companionship, they've made an even bigger impact on the lives of homeless pets. Animal shelters agree that pet-pairing apps have been life savers, literally. They make it possible for pets in desperate need of a home to reach out to a larger pool of potential adopters and, hopefully, find that special someone.

"I can't even begin to tell you how big a difference (pet-finding apps have made) in the world of animal welfare," said Tiffany Lacey, executive director of New York's Animal Haven rescue. "As soon as we post a picture, people are coming to the shelter to meet the animal."

There's another similarity between human and pet dating apps. Although it might seem like love at first sight, it's a good idea to take time to get to know your new friend before you commit.

Maybe as a first date you could go browsing at the neighborhood pet retail store...