We were inspired to create a project to help relieve animal shelters after looking at their difficulties recruiting potential pet guardians before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Often, a potential guardian will have to visit numerous individual animal shelter websites to get information, and these aren’t always updated quickly. We designed our app based on the simplicity of dating apps for humans.
What it does
Fur-Ever friends works to connect potential pet guardians with animal shelters. It consolidates information about available pets from registered animal shelters and provides the information in a clean, easy-to-read way. After logging in, or signing up as an individual or family unit, a user can select which type of animal they are looking for from a list, and an application containing all available animals of that species in the location of the user will pop up.
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What's next for Fur-Ever Friends
In the future, we would like to implement a chat feature between users and shelters in the app so that communication is easier. Adding search filters that link with the "traits" associated with each pet like age, friendliness to children, and more would help to make the search process easier on the individual user's end. Additionally, we plan to add location filters to make it convenient for guardians to find pets near them. For those who are unable to become guardians but would still like to support shelters, we will add a 'Donate' button for each shelter.