Today is a very exciting day! Not only is it #NationalDogDay and the day of our first annual Hot Dawg Eating Competition with Pink’s Hollywood to raise awareness for shelter dogs, but it also marks the official launch of Bark’N’Borrow 2.0 (download for free now!) — a completely revamped platform designed to make the amazing community of dog lovers that we’ve built even better.
The release of Bark’N’Borrow 2.0 has an even stronger focus on the dogs themselves and giving them the special care they deserve. Dog-lovers can now connect in three main ways:
- Borrowers to dogs (and their owners) so they can hang out with a pup whenever they like
- Owners to borrowers (New!) so owners can find someone to look after their pup that genuinely cares for dogs and does not expect payment
- Owner to other owners (New!) so they can set up play dates for their dogs and for more socializing (create relationships where owners care of other dogs when busy and vice versa)
Users can download the app and browse the community of dog-lovers for free, however in order to message each other to set-up doggy dates, they must sign-up for a monthly subscription, 5% of which will go to partner organization Best Friends Animal Society. There are 2 choices:
- $7.99/month for ONE month > comes with a 7 day free trial/cancellation period
- $4.99/month for THREE months > best deal with you saving 37% (no free trial)
That’s right, for less than $60 a year, you can have access to dog borrowers or borrowing a dog whenever you like on the Bark’N’Borrow platform.
For many dog-lovers that can’t currently own a dog due to their living arrangement or work schedule, or even for those that may be on the fence about dog ownership, borrowing is a great solution. Spending time with the dogs isn’t only beneficial for busy owners and the dogs themselves, but it’s great for borrowers.
Even just borrowing a dog for a few hours can help you with your cardiovascular health via walks and the dog park. In addition, research has 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.
Borrowing can also save borrowers (as well as owners — dog care is expensive) in the wallet. Dog ownership would likely cost you you anywhere from $1,314 for smaller dogs up to $1,843 for the largest breeds over the same twelve months, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Bret Kramer of McKinney, Texas is one Bark’N’Borrow user who has seen the benefits of borrowing as both a borrower and a dog owner. He originally signed up for the app for some K-9 companionship after his divorce and because his wife had both of the dogs. However, shortly after he signed-up, his ex-wife and he were both traveling, and they needed to find the dogs a place to go in short order. He looked into boarding and the prices were astronomical! So he turned back to Bark’N’Borrow as a dog owner. He quickly found Shannon Rice, a last-minute borrower in Plano, who was dying to get some puppy time!
My dogs get a better experience with someone that is looking to be with dogs, versus leaving them with someone just trying to make some extra dollars. Bret Kramer, an Owner and Borrower on Bark’N’Borrow
A Bark’N’Borrow memberships give each user:
- 24/7 customer support
- Premium pet insurance for all borrows scheduled through our app
- Access to vetted and reviewed users
- Unlimited messaging
- Infinite number of relationships and borrows
The support and engagement we’ve seen in the Bark’N’Borrow community over the last year has been truly incredible. The stories we’ve heard from users about their experiences have. We look forward to growing the pack even bigger! Join Today!