This Eighth-Grader Created A Website That Matches People With Their Perfect Shelter Dog

Like online dating, but for pets.

People use online dating sites to find romantic matches all the time, so why not use a similar system to help match people with a pet they'll love?

Creating such a pet-finding system was put into motion by 13-year-old Aiden Horwitz who developed Dog Do or Dog Don't, a project that helps place shelter dogs with the right person or family. The eighth-grader at Austin Jewish Academy told A Plus in an email that she aims to make it so that there are no dogs left in shelters. 

According to ABC News, when Horwitz was 5 years old, her family got their first dog, Roscoe. But due to her mom's allergies, they had to give the dog away. "It was terrible having to give him to another family," Horwitz told the publication. "But I didn't want to put him back in the shelter, either."

She realized that some people are forced to return dogs back to their shelters, so she came up with a system to help families find the right pet before they adopt. 

"I am in a class called passion project," Horwitz explains on her website. "We get to spend an hour and 15 minutes a week on what we are passionate about. I wanted to come up with a way to help get dogs adopted or help people get the right dog for them and their family. I decided to create this survey so people could get an idea for what breed of dog would be a good fit for their lifestyle. I hope you enjoy and this gets you a step closer to finding you new best friend from the shelter."


Photo courtesy of Aiden Horwitz

The survey consisted of 13 questions, including: "What size home do you have?" "How much barking can you tolerate? and "How long would the dog be home alone every day?" There are also questions about children, allergies, and more. 

"We need to be the voice for dogs and be sure they will go to the best home," Horwitz told A Plus. 

For her project, Horwitz partnered with Austin Pets Alive and worked with Bastrop Animal Rescue where she met a deaf pit bull named Royce who has become a sort of mascot for the project. 

When asked what it's like seeing her passion project come to life, Horwitz told A Plus, "It's insane! I've gotten so many emails and congratulations. I love seeing what hard work pays off to be!"

We hope Horwitz's project helps so many families find the dogs they'll love forever.

Photo courtesy of Aiden Horwitz


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