GetPet follows a similar format to human dating apps. Once downloaded, users can scroll through photos of dogs looking for new homes at local shelters, and find out essential info such as their temperament and age, before swiping right for a ‘like’ or left to see another profile. Once matched, you can then arrange a ‘date’ with your preferred pup.
The app was the brainchild of developers in Lithuania, after reportedly spotting a stray dog wandering the streets and feeling compelled to act.
But some dog-lovers have questioned the ethics behind the app, querying how rigorous the screening process is likely to be and how fair the technology is for the dogs featured. After all, they don’t get to swipe right on their preferred owner, do they.
Despite this, GetPet’s creators say hundreds of users have signed up, and they’ve already helped re-home several dogs in Lithuania. They plan to add cats and other animals to the app in the near future.