SPECIAL OFFER – Share Bark’N’Borrow with other dog owners and we will reward you with a $10 PetCo gift card!

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Share Bark’N’Borrow with other dog owners and we will reward you with a $10 PetCo gift card!

*SPECIAL OFFER!*

Help us grow our dog-loving community!

Share Bark’N’Borrow with other dog owners and we will reward you with a $10 PetCo gift card!

It’s simple – text your personalized link from your “Me” tab to your friends, and once each of them have completed a verified* dog profile, we will email you your $10 PetCo e-card to use online or in store.

BONUS!! There is no limit on the number of gift cards you can earn… Have 10 friends? That’s $100. Have 20 friends? That’s $200! Just think about how many treats you and your pooch can enjoy!

 

*Dog profiles must be connected to valid user, email address and verified by Bark’N’Borrow 

 

Share Your Dog with Someone Seeking K9 Companionship on Veterans Day to Help Match Veterans with Shelter Dogs

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LOS ANGELES, CA – November 10, 2016 – Bark’N’Borrow, a community for dogs and the people who love them, today announced a collaboration with Pets for Vets, a program dedicated to supporting veterans by matching them with shelter pets for companionship. For every dog profile added to the Bark’N’Borrow community of 70,000-plus dog lovers this Veterans Day, November 11, Bark’N’Borrow will donate $1 to the Pets for Vets cause.

Those interested in sharing their dog with other dog-lovers seeking K9 companionship, while supporting Pets for Vets, can simply download the Bark’N’Borrow app for free on the iTunes Store. Once downloading the app, new members sign-up as a dog owner and can begin creating their dog’s profile on Veterans Day. They can add their dog’s name, photos, age, gender, location, breed, temperament, interests and special needs. Finally, members must note their dog’s training level, as well as its size, and agree to the terms of service to complete their dog’s profile — and donate $1 to Pets for Vets.

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“Our mission at Bark’N’Borrow is to improve the lives of dogs and the people who love them,” says Liam Berkeley, CEO and Founder of Bark’N’Borrow. “We’re thrilled to partner with Pets for Vets on Veterans Day to help raise funds for their national charity that gets dog-loving veterans the K9 companionship they need. Just as Pets for Vets strives to make the lives of veterans and shelter dogs better through matchmaking, our community strives to make the lives of dog owners, dogs and those not fortunate enough to have their own dog better by forming new connections.”

“We’re thrilled that Bark’N’Borrow is raising awareness and funds for Pets for Vets on Veterans Day,” said Ann Black of Pets for Vets. “By sharing your dog with other dog-lovers on Veterans Day you can help in our effort to give returning troops a second chance at health and happiness, while also giving shelter dogs a second chance at life. This K9 companionship can help the nearly 20 percent of veterans dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as those suffering from brain injuries, anxiety and depression, as they transition back into their civilian lives.”

unspecified-3Dog owners that create a profile for their dog on Bark’N’Borrow can find someone nearby to look after their pup that genuinely cares for dogs and does not expect payment. They can also use the app and dog-loving community to set up playdates for their dogs with other dog owners. By sharing their dog with the community when they’re busy they can improve the lives of those not fortunate enough to currently own a dog. Just borrowing a dog for a few hours can help with cardiovascular health via walks and the dog park. Research has also found that dogs actually improve our ability to build relationships with both two-legged and four-legged friends. That’s important because being socially connected, and not lonely, is one of the keys to happiness.

Current and prospective Bark’N’Borrow members in the New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Denver areas can find more about about local Pets for Vets chapters and initiatives at:

  • New York: http://www.petsforvets.com/nycli-ny/
  • Los Angeles / Ventura County: http://ventura-ca.petsforvets.com/
  • Boston: http://www.petsforvets.com/boston-ma/
  • Chicago: http://www.petsforvets.com/chicagoland-il/
  • Denver: http://www.petsforvets.com/denver-co/

About Bark’N’Borrow
Bark’N’Borrow is a 70,00o-plus member community of dogs and the people who love them. Dog owners and loving borrowers connect through its its free iPhone app. The spirit of the service lies in how it creates new connections and genuine relationships between fellow dog-lovers and friendly dogs throughout the country. The Bark’N’Borrow community unites like-minded people who believe that dogs are an essential part of our families and deserve all the love and care we can give. The company was founded in 2014 and is Built in LA. Download Bark’N’Borrow for free in the iTunes Store and for more information visit http://barknborrow.com.

About Pets for Vets
Pets for Vets is a nonprofit organization that helps heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into a veteran’s lifestyle. Pets for Vets believes our country owes military veterans a debt of gratitude as many return to civilian life with physical and emotional injuries. By matching them with a companion dog Pets for Vets is giving them a second chance at health and happiness, while simultaneously giving a shelter dog a second chance at life. For more information visit https://www.petsforvets.com.

Profiles for Adoptable Shelter Dogs from NKLA Are Now on Bark’N’Borrow!

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Bark’N’Borrow’s mission is to better the lives of dogs by giving them as much love and attention as possible. Today, there are nearly 4 million homeless dogs in shelters across the U.S. who are in desperate need of care and a permanent home. The team here are BNB recognizes the great potential that the amazing community we’ve built has in helping these pups in need.

That’s why today, we’re excited to announce that we’re buddying up with NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) Adoption Center, run by Best Friends Animal Society, to promote available shelter dogs for adoption to our 50,000-plus BNB users! Going forward, dog lovers searching for a ‘doggy date‘ in the Los Angeles area will also see adoptable shelter dogs like Cowboy, Paloma and Sir Buddy as profiles in their iPhone Bark’N’Borrow app streams.

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When you open a profile for a shelter dog that appears in your stream you’ll see the same details that you’d see in the profiles of dogs that are available to borrow, such as age, size, temperament and personality. You’ll also see what shelter the adoptable dog is from. The process then continues the same way that contacting an owner would through the Bark’N’Borrow messaging platform with a representative from the rescue or shelter on the other end instead of an individual owner.

Many of our users are either looking to find the right dog to adopt, and in the meantime are borrowing to see which breeds/types of pups suit their lifestyle; or they’re not quite ready to have their own dog yet, but plan to adopt when they’re ready. We did a survey of 650 Bark’N’Borrow users in March and over 85% of them say they would get their first/next dog from a shelter. Over one third of borrowers also say that they’d be more proactive in borrowing if there were shelter dogs on our app who they could give some much needed love.

Foster dogs will soon be featured on Bark’N’Borrow as well providing an outlet for adoptees to experience ownership in real-life settings, not just shelters. Foster parents of these pups will create profiles and be able connect with potential adopters looking for a new friend. From setting up play-dates and meet-n-greets to the official adoption process Bark’N’Borrow will give foster pups the opportunity to find their forever families using mobile technology.

We see Bark’N’Borrow helping rescues and fosters in many different ways. For example, foster parents could also use Bark’N’Borrow to help them with their full and busy hands. A borrower could borrow directly from the foster parent and provide them with a little relief whenever needed. This way, the borrower is still exposed to shelter dogs but do not have to go directly through the rescue.

The benefits of having shelter dogs on Bark’N’Borrow are obvious. Bark’N’Borrow connects potential fosters/borrowers and adoptees to the dogs themselves, directs them through the actual adoption process itself, and furthermore offers a whole community of genuine dog-lovers who are ready to lend a helping hand and care to the newly adopted dog whenever the new family may need.

It’s #NationalPuppyDay!

Today is #NationalPuppyDay. A day that fills our social media feeds with pictures of adorable puppies from across the globe. What’s better than that?

But behind the cute pics, there’s a deeper meaning. National Puppy Day was created in 2006 by home and lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige, “to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. According to the ASPCA, 3.9 million dogs enter shelters each year. Sadly, many of those are euthanized.

We’ve often talked about our commitment to working with shelters and adoption agencies to raise awareness of the shelter situation and get more pups into forever homes. As we move forward with our plans to do this, today provides a perfect opportunity for you to help too. Stop by your local shelter and play with a pup, or do a bit of your own research and share what you learn to help raise awareness for just how many dogs are in shelters today waiting for a chance to be loved.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give you a look at some of the most adorable puppies available to borrow today on the Bark’N’Borrow platform! So share this post and spread the “omg’s”, “aww’s”, but most importantly, the cause.

Love,

Liam & the B’N’B Team

 

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Download Bark’N’Borrow for iPhone Today!

Hey Dog Lovers! Great news, today we’re officially launching our beta public version for free in the iTunes Store. Download here!

Bark’N’Borrow for iPhone provides an easy way for owners to create profiles for their dogs and make introductions with fully vetted (no pun intended) borrowers in our rapidly growing, dog-loving community looking to spend time with pooches, whether it’s for an afternoon run, a long weekend or even a week at a time.

In addition:

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Dog Owners Can

  • Find professional sitters and walkers for their dog
  • Connect with borrowers to find some extra love
  • Link up with other dog-owners

 

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Dog Borrowers Can

  • Hang out with a dog whenever you like
  • Browse the hundreds of dogs around you

 

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Professional Dog Sitters Can

  • Promote professional services to thousands of dog-owners
  • Find job postings
  • Earn money while spending time with dogs

 

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The Entire Community Receives

  • Premium pet insurance
  • 24/7 customer support
  • User vetting-process
  • Secure payments via PayPal
  • User ratings and reviews

Say Hello to the New barknborrow.com!

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It seems that wherever you look today there’s a new business sprouting up with a promise to make our lives better. Somehow, through the development of an entirely new product/service or a spin on an old one, these companies claim that our lives will be irrevocably enhanced. A small few keep that promise, but most fall terribly flat.

When I came to Los Angeles from Australia, I brought little more than my dreams of making it in the music business with me. Music was, and still is, one of my greatest passions. After much persistence and a bit of luck I was fortunate enough to land a job that thrust me on a trajectory towards my wildest dreams. But, much to my surprise, I wasn’t happy.

It was around this time that I took to another passion of mine and hit the trails, running daily around different parts of Los Angeles, searching inward and hoping to find my true calling. During these runs I would often see people running with their dogs. Having grown up around dogs my whole life, I found myself wishing that I had a companion of my own to accompany me on runs and spend time with.

With the rapport I’d established with some of the folks who trekked the same routes I did, I started offering to take their dogs for a run or watch them if they were busy. I wasn’t necessarily planning to do it for free, but in truth it was just for the chance to hang out with a furry friend. Not surprisingly, people jumped at the opportunity to have a helping hand and another way for their pooch to get the exercise and affection that they so deserved. They were a little surprised, however, when I refused to take any money for it.

Spending time with the dogs was not only beneficial for the busy owners and the dogs themselves, but it was good for me too. Countless studies have been conducted that illustrate the positive effects spending time with animals can have on our mental and physical health — and it’s something that anyone who has had a pet can attest to.

And this is when it hit me. What if there was a community for dog lovers whose principal currency was the symbiotic benefits that being around dogs provides?

So, in 2014, I formed Bark’N’Borrow around the belief that dogs make our lives better and there should be a platform that connects people who share that belief. For people who crave K-9 companionship but might not be the type to stop a stranger on the street and offer to watch their dog, for those who think their pup deserves more than an expensive 15 minute stroll down the block — and all dog lovers in between — Bark’N’Borrow is the answer.

Following a few months of testing the first generation of our desktop platform with hundreds of local dog lovers, today is really a culmination of that vision as we launch the new barknborrow.com.

Creating Bark’N’Borrow has given me a renewed purpose and sense of fulfillment. I recognize that over the last couple years new services have entered into the online doggy care market, but I firmly believe our singular focus on building a community of dog lovers to support each other will set Bark’N’Borrow apart.

Every time I hear the stories of how people in our community have been positively affected I am reminded of a quote from late television personality and longtime host of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Roger Caras:

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

– Liam & The Bark’N’Borrow Team