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Finding Your Match
Imagine browsing options fully tailored to you and your needs when adopting a pet. If you've adopted a pet online before, you understand how much of a back and forth game it can be. With ResQueue, it's easy.
We ask users a series of questions to see what exactly what they're looking for in a pet.
What energy level are you wanting in a pet?
Are you looking for a cardio companion?
How smart would you like your pet to be?
Filling out a detailed series of questions not only matches the user with their best pet candidates, but also makes submitting an adoption application feasible at any time. Personal, lifestyle, and preferential information is saved and used as a digital adoption application whenever they apply to adopt.
According to 2014 report by PetSmart Charities, almost half of people who are looking to adopt are very uneducated when it comes to proper pet care. The report says 40% of all people looking to adopt a pet don’t do anything to prepare beforehand. Among cat parents, the number of people who did nothing was even higher at 48%.
Additionally, 27% of people don’t even consider cats as an option. Sadly, this can often lead to adopting a dog that is later surrendered because it doesn’t match the owner’s lifestyle. I’m not going try to tell you that cats are better than dogs, but it certainly sounds like some of these short-term owners opinion's on pet type are very uneducated.
Regardless of personal preference, I noticed a large pain-point during the adoption process is a general misunderstanding of types of pets, both species and breed differences, whether people know it or not.
Another pain-point is a lack of awareness of different types of rescue groups across the country. About 34% of people adopting say they want a purebred animal and 36% of people say their local shelter didn’t have the type of dog/cat they were looking for. However, there are breed-specific rescue groups for even the most niche breeds of domestic animals all over the country.
According to the Animal Humane Society’s June 2015 Report to the Community, pet adoption rates are increasing every year. The AHS’s report also said their euthanasia rates have dropped to half of what they were in the last decade; although, this isn’t reflective of every shelter.
What This Means:
The problem isn’t people not wanting to adopt animals from shelters. The problem is a general misconception of differences between species or breeds and a lack of visibility of shelters matching their needs.
Which one is right for me?
Finding the right pet for you can be difficult.
Just like us, every animal has a unique personality, making adopting a pet a grab bag of results. Shelters often have little information on the background of their animals, making personalities difficult to decipher. While we may not have specific insight into an animal's learned demeanor, we can allude a lot based on their species, age, and breed. These classifications contain a lot of information about the type of pet they'll be, which is why ResQueue pulls these traits out to help users understand the adoption landscape.
While the algorithm connecting an Australian Shepard's age to energy level and obedience would be invisible to the users, this app would provide a percentage based score on how well a user matches with the animal they're viewing.
While it's hard to pinpoint the exact type of people who want to adopt a pet, there are 3 demographics that stand out among the rest.
Single Adults tend to be the most open with their choice of pet. While they're the leading persona to adopt high-energy pets, Single Adults don't discriminate and adopt pets with personalities matching their lifestyle. They are the most likely to own pets out of the 3 user types.
Adults with Children are the leaders in adopting newborn and young pets. These adults are already in the mindset to nurture, so they're more prone to continue that with puppies, kittens, and the like.
Older Adults aren't looking for high-energy animals - been there, done that. Because of this, they're one of the most important demographics in pet adoptions. Leading in adopting low-energy animals age 3 and up, they're the reason many older animals survive. Animals age 2 and under have a much higher rate of getting adopted than their 3 and up counterparts. Lower energy and lower independence make older animals the perfect match for Older Adults.