5 Social Network Sites for Pet Lovers

Petworking is the new rage, providing a place to connect with fellow pet lovers and make a difference.

Nov 24, 2014
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A man with his dog laying on the couch using a tablet

Petworking websites can find loving homes for animals in need. [Shutterstock]

Opening your home to a pet can be a formative experience for parents and children alike. Raising a pet teaches responsibility, kindness and compassion for another living creature. Besides being adorable, pets give back to humans, and the internet is awash with moving videos of animals performing heroic acts and scientific studies of dogs and cats using their power of cute to physically and emotionally heal.

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For the pet lovers out there, the special bond between you and your furry friend is something that only someone who owns a pet can truly understand. Happily, the surge of social networking sites has created a wave of petworking sites, on which fellow pet owners can connect. The pet-dominated social networking trend is in fact so popular that one in ten of all UK pets have their own Facebook page, Twitter account or YouTube channel.
So connect with other fellow pet lovers by getting to know these five petworking platforms that will allow you to share tips, advocate for animals, find a home for a pet in need and perhaps make some new friends – both human and animal.

1. SHELTER ME

This social network has one mission, to help shelter animals get adopted and find a loving home. Users or animal care facilities can create profiles of shelter pets with photos, videos and detailed descriptions. According to this Huffington Post item, since its inception in 2003, Shelter Me has hosted more than 10,000 shelter pet profiles with a success rate of 85% of those adopted or moved into an animal rescue location.

Screenshot of Shelter Me

One of the top sites for finding homes for animals living in shelters. [Screenshot of Shelter Me]

2. DOGGYBNB

A take off on the  well-known collaborative consumption site Airbnb, DoggyBnB works in a similar fashion, just with furry guests. The free iPhone app is a social network for pet care, allowing people to get a bit of help once in awhile from trusted friends that can care for their dog. Users send out a WOOF to their network, detailing their request for assistance and even provide a reward for those who answer the call.

Screenshot of DoggyBnB

The Airbnb for dogs. [Screenshot of DoggyBnB]

3. CUTENESS INC

The all inclusive community and shopping site is for animal lovers of all stripes and colors. Users can create Facebook-style profiles for their fish, birds, reptiles, dogs and cats, and meet others on the Pet Park - a message board for questions or learning about animals in need.

Reptile pets on Cuteness Inc.

Non-furry pets like reptiles have a place to shine on Cuteness Inc. [Screenshot of Cuteness Inc.]

4. DOGSTER

Known as one of the most popular pet-based social networks, Dogster definitely lets the dogs out. The site is a place to get canine advice as well as browse through their adoption section that features sweet pups looking for a loving home. Dogster has a sister site Catster that shares the exact same layout - minus the dogs and plus the cats.

Screenshot of Dogster

The most popular social network for canines. [Screenshot of Dogster]

5. TAG A CAT

Those who prefer a meow to a bark will be in kitty heaven with this Instagram for cats. Available on iPhone and Android, the free app lets users browse cats, upload pics and comment on pictures in an effort to create the first worldwide map of cats.

Screenshot of Tag a Cat

The Instagram for cats. [Screenshot of Tag a Cat]

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