MatchFur App Helps Animals in Need

$280 of $600 goal

Raised by 12 people in 17 months
Created March 7, 2018

MatchFur, an app to help shelters find forever homes for pets, needs help with funding the app development. Our website is: www.matchfur.com

MatchFur will be, with your help, a tool for more pets to find forever homes (We call them furever, but I don’t think this is the place to be cute).

We have built a mobile app that will help get the word out about pets in shelters across this country and eventually further.

The money generated here will be used to develop this app to work on mobile devices of all makes and kinds.

We are in need of a minimum of $5,000 to build this application to standards so that it will be the best on the market at helping to reduce the number of animals that can find furever homes (Ok, I used it, but you know us better now).

We have already put in thousands of dollars into a prototype of the application, but our wallets are getting pretty empty.

Hopefully, this will help slow down the problems that we have found in our research:

Homeless cats and dogs outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.

Just 1 puppy out of 10 will live in a forever home.

Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized.

I take that back, they are killed, 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed because people have not known their plight and stepped up to help, to adopt them.

Approximately 7.6 million companion animals are put in animal shelters nationwide every year.

Here is the situation, looking for a pet from a shelter is a daunting task. There are so many questions just to narrow down what kind of pet will become a part of your family.

Let’s say that you wanted the perfect pet and you have already started your search.  

You have visited  websites, and evaluated an untold number of reviews.

You then drive to the shelter and walk in the door and it begins.

You didn’t know what was there.

What kind of pets do they have?
Do they have anything close to what you are looking for?
But now you are there.
You can’t just turn around and walk out.

If there are kids with you who knows how long you will be in there?

How many pets will be seen and how many will they want? Sometimes even if the kids are not with you, it’s hard to leave.

If you are like us, you would prefer to leave with at least four or five of these sweet desperate animals, but you know you can’t.

While no decision can be considered the wrong decision, the decision can be highly emotional and may come with regrets.

The sweetest most lovable dog in the world can get home and bark incessantly at your goldfish.

A cat can begin to really howl late at night when they are used to being out, and find themselves inside.  

They can also be dominant over the kids in the home. In a different environment, the pet could be an entirely different animal.

MatchFur is built to make this all a bit more directional in our pursuit of a pet.

Before you ever visit a shelter we help begin the process. Unlike other pet finding websites and apps, we gather information about your wants and needs BEFORE we show you shelter pets around you.

We ask a series of questions to help narrow down your options. Cat, Dog, Bird, reptile, small, large, weight range, height range, major breeds in the mix, hypoallergenic, kids, other pets at home, and more.

It’s a simple process and the answers can change as you move through the process. How far are you willing to go to check out the pet?

Once you have gone through the questions we present pictures of the pet that you would be interested in.

Swipe right and the pet is added to your list of possibilities. Swipe left and the pet is taken off of your list.

When you are ready to pick your pet, start working through your list of furry, or scaly or feathery, friends.

When you have settled on the exact one that matches who you are, with what you are looking for, simply fill out the shelter’s forms right on your mobile device and get started with the adoption process.

Not only will you be able to find your perfect pal but you can track your pet's health, monitor their diet and get training help.

When someone near you has the unthinkable happen and they lose their pet, using our "LOST PET" function, you can be alerted to help to find them. Hopefully, they will never have to return the favor, but if it happens, we are there for you.

We are two nerds with a love of pets.  We are both skilled developers, designers, and technicians, but neither one of us are app developers.  

While we are trying to learn as fast as we can, it will take us much longer than we feel comfortable with to get this app developed, tested and validated.

We are raising funds to make this dream application a reality.

Development has already cost us thousands out of our own pockets, but we really need another $5,000 or more. The total cost of building an app is well over $20,000.

Any money over the $5,000 will go toward sponsoring low-budget Rescues and Shelters around the U.S, marketing costs, and improving the app with some of our ideas of future features.

We know how much this app will help shelters place pets in forever home. We know how people will support this application and we are excited to bring this to fruition.
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We only need $400 more dollars to get this funded! We have found a developer who has given us a SUBSTANTIAL discount because he loves this idea so much!

Share with your friends, family, and strangers to help us get this funded!
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MatchFur is excited to get the project going! We now have over 2,900 animal shelters and animal rescues ready to start sending us pets available for adoption.

All we need is the project to go live, but we can't do that without you all. Please share and/or donate if you can!
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