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.
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.