Swipe right. A Texas teenager just created a website that matches people to shelter dogs — and TBH, that sounds like a way better version of Tinder. Aiden Horwitz wants adoptable dogs to find their forever families and hopes her invention makes the process as easy as possible for those looking to adopt.
The 13-year-old launched DogDoOrDogDont.org to tell users which animals at the Austin Pets Alive! shelter are their perfect match. “I wanted to come up with a way to help get dogs adopted or help people get the right dog for them and their family,” Aiden, who lives in Austin, wrote on the website. All you have to do is fill out a survey and your score will pair you up with the category of dog that works best for you. Questions focus on things such as the size of your home, the amount of barking you can handle, and how long your furry friend will be home alone. However, just like Tinder, a match is not guaranteed.
A score between zero to 10 percent will give users a message encouraging them to adopt a cat, which is still better than being ghosted on the real-life dating app. “Pretty much over half the dogs that are in shelters are because people get the wrong kind of dog for their family,” Aiden told KXAN. “My website has 10,000 views so far, and five dogs have gotten adopted off my website so far.”
The website was part of her school’s elective called Passion Project, where students are encouraged to design and complete a project to learn more about it. She was inspired to help the shelter dogs after meeting 3-year-old cattle dog mix Royce, who is deaf. “He’s been in the shelter for over two years,” Aiden added. “My very big goal is that there’s no need for animal shelters.”
This needs to be made into an app ASAP.