App designed to help shelter dogs find the perfect match

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By: CBS News
February 5, 2019

Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app 'Tinder' to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners.

The app, called GetPet, features profiles of the furry four-legged creatures.

Scrolling down reveals more information about the pup and those interested can then swipe right.

"It is like Tinder, but with dogs", said Vaidas Gecevicius, one of app's creators.

"You can arrange a meeting with the dog, a date."

But there are limits to the Tinder comparison.

The dogs themselves don't get to have a swiping experience and if you swipe left, another dog profile appears.

Gecevicius said the app only features dogs for now but the plan is to eventually include cats and other animals.

Two friends, Emily and Elena, recently scanned the app and then visited the SOS Gyvunai Shelter in Vilnius to meet Piff, a medium black-and-grey mongrel.

They took him for a walk and said they would return soon to take him home.

"I think it's actually a very great idea because in Lithuania we have a lot of stray dogs and a lot of people who want to adopt," Elena said.

Ilona Reklaityte, the shelter's founder, said she is very happy about the innovative approach to an old problem.