Pinder can help with both playdates and more, uh, romantic rendezvous

By Austin Cannon
September 17, 2020
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Hasn’t every pet owner at one time or another looked down at their furry friend and wished they could put the dog or cat on their own dating site? 

Well, we are immensely pleased to report how that’s now possible. Pinder has arrived. 

A play on Tinder, the swipe-left-or-right dating app that leads to human hookups and marriages, Pinder allows people to upload photos of their pets to be swiped. If two pets match, their owners can talk via social media to potentially set up a playdate—or just talk about how their pets are the best. (It appears Pinder isn’t related to its human namesake.) 

“We’re just taking the effective format of Tinder and applying it to the pet community,” Pinder founder Kevin Botero tells the New York Post

And yes, the app can be used to find potential breeding mates, too. 

Botero tells the newspaper that his team got the idea for the site after seeing pet influencers on social media. You know the ones, the dogs and cats with thousands of followers on Twitter or Instagram. According to Botero, “about 55 percent of millennials with social media follow one pet persona on social media.”

On Pinder, pet moms and dads upload photos of their pets, where they live, and their favorite snacks. Then, you can get to swiping and see what matches you find. It might even work out for humans, too. Who doesn’t want to find someone as pet-obsessed as you are? 

“I personally know relationships that have come about through people walking their pets in the park, so it’s definitely possible,” Botero, 26, tells the Post. “On Pinder, you’re getting that level of pet-obsessed parent you’re looking for, which in reality is somebody just like you.” 

(See, cat dads? This is your chance!) 

As the site launches, it’s holding a Halloween costume contest in which right swipes equate to votes. As of noon Eastern time Thursday, a dog named Chiquito was leading. A pig dressed as Piglet from Winnie the Pooh wasn’t far behind.