How I Met My Dog
Matching people with their canine soulmates
We are the first online platform to custom match people with individual dogs based on 30 levels of compatibility.
Our team of nationally recognized animal behaviorists, trainers and animal welfare experts have designed an algorithm based on lifestyle and behavior, not breed. With How I Met My Dog™, you don’t just adopt a dog, you adopt your dog.
America is a nation of dog lovers, and adoption is viewed as the best way to find a furry new family member. But only half of potential adopters actually complete the adoption process. Why? The current adoption process is frustrating and leaves a lot to chance. Is the dog you’ve fallen in love with a dog you can live with? And are you the right match for the dog? How I Met My Dog finds you the right dog because we ask the right questions about you and the dog.
Every year, four million dogs are surrendered to shelters. Only half of these highly adoptable dogs will ever find another home.
The current situation isn’t just failing our animals, it’s failing potential adopters, too.
If you’re ready to share your home and your life with a new furry companion, where do you begin? Local shelters? Online? Do you choose based on how they look? Their breed? How they will interact with the kids?
And once you do find a dog, what about the paperwork? Why does every shelter have a different application?
How I Met My Dog addresses all of these questions.
Dogs, like people, are individuals. They have their own personalities and needs.How I Met My Dog recognizes that who we are and how we live ultimately shape the behavior of the dogs we love.
We work closely with rescue organizations that focus on behavioral and lifestyle matching and strong customer service.
The moment a dog enters our system, we immediately search for a compatible adopter. That means while you’re looking for your dog, your dog is looking for you too.
During the critical first weeks, we help you and your dog start off right with our “What to do for the first 30 days” training guides.
Our specialized rehoming program gives adopters access to great dogs from private families. This helps families avoid ever having to surrender their dog to a shelter and helps shelters avoid the huge problem of overcrowding.
Our Common Application is accepted by all of our participating shelters.
Every How I Met My Dog match is based on a unique P.E.T. Profile. We never rely on keyword searches from publicly available data.
Found your perfect pup? Post beta, you can have your first meeting on our real-time video platform.
Tested by our team of experts, our adopters will receive preferred pricing on products that really work.
We follow every How I Met My Dog adoption for one year. This gives shelters and rescues valuable statistics and rehomers peace of mind.
How I Met My Dog gives the four million dogs surrendered for adoption, the thousands of rescues that care for them, and the millions of dog lovers searching for their canine soulmates a game-changing pathway to finding each other.
Shelters and rescue organizations: How I Met My Dog has been introduced at three major animal welfare conferences. More than 500 shelters and rescues have already shown strong interest in participating.
Adopters and rehomers (pre-launch research):
How I Met My Dog is a fully functioning site powered by our proprietary algorithm. We’re currently alpha and UX testing with our partner shelters to refine the platform, and we plan to launch a beta in New England in Fall 2016.
Sharon has served as Chief Marketing Officer for Barnes & Noble, Brooks Brothers and Red Door Spa Holdings. She’s been a business consultant for over a decade and brings strong expertise in start-ups, B2C and B2B marketing strategy, brand positioning product management, market research, and partnerships.
Jodi is a nationally recognized dog trainer who has devoted her career to strengthening the human/canine bond. She is the author of The Latchkey Dog: How The Way You Live Shapes The Behavior Of The Dog You Love and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Discovery Channel.
Mary Ann is a writer, strategist, and creative director. She has served as Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather and works with start-ups and established companies to build clear, compelling and differentiated brands.
Andy is an expert in algorithm development, systems design and data analysis. In addition to holding senior positions at Systems and Technology Research and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Andy is on the Operations Committee of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) AniMatch program.
Julie is the founder of Marquis, an award- winning Boston design firm with a portfolio of high-profile clients and projects. She has a track record of creating memorable visual identities and engaging websites for highly successful start-ups.
Damaris has led integrated marketing campaigns at the American Heart Association partnering with iconic brands like Macy’s, HBO, Pfizer and Subway. She is an expert in and web analytics and optimization and is currently on the faculty of General Assembly, New York’s specialized school for digital marketers.
Alana holds an MS in Animals and Public Policy from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She spent five years at the Animal Rescue League of Boston supervising the Animal Intake department and serves on the board of Massachusetts Animal Coalition.
Kelley is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant working with shelters throughout the United States. She is the former Director of Behavior Programs for the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Bonney is the President and Founder of Humane Network, a non-profit organization that provides consulting services to humane organizations across the country. She has served as the Executive Director of the Nevada Humane Society, and Chief Operating Officer of Best Friends Animal Society.