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Find The Perfect Rescue Dog With This ‘Matchmaking’ Website

It's the "eHarmony for pets and people."

It’s no secret that there are too many adoptable animals out there. Almost 8 million animals enter shelters every year, and though 2.7 million animals are adopted by year’s end, the same number have to be euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. This is a heartbreaking statistic, but now one website is making it easier for you to help—by matching you with your perfect rescue dog.

Touted as “eHarmony for pets and people,” Paws Like Me is basically a dating website, but for humans looking for their perfect animal companion. Using a personality quiz, Paws Like Me isolates exactly what you’re looking for in a pet. Once you’ve taken the quiz, you can connect directly with the agency to finalize your adoption.

The quiz uses four main components to connect people with their future dogs: energy, confidence, focus and independence. Whether you’re looking for a spirited sprinter to go on long runs or a couch potato, Paws Like Me will help you find them.

The full quiz is 39 questions long and includes questions like “Which describes you best, caring or logical?” and “I prefer a dog that doesn’t require a lot of petting—agree or disagree” (side note: who wants a dog they don’t have to pet?). If you don’t have the time for the full quiz, there’s also a quick four-question version. Once you’ve finished and added your current location, Paws Like Me will generate your perfect matches and arrange them by compatibility.

The website is easy to use and contains a good amount of information about each dog, from what kind of coat it has to how old it is and a lot about the dog’s personality.

In an interview with Tech Insider, CEO and cofounder Elizabeth Holmes said she came up with the idea for Paws Like Me after running a rescue group for a number of years.

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“I knew how much people struggled with identifying the right pet for their family, and unfortunately, there isn’t much guidance available beyond traditional breed characteristics,” Holmes said in the interview.

Since the site launched in 2015, it has already helped more than 500,000 find their adopted best friend. They’re currently working on an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise money to launch a cat section.
“We have had very positive feedback on the dog matching system,” Holmes told Tech Insider. “People thank us all the time for helping them connect with their new best friend.”