With the range of “smart” collars that detect temperature, automatic ball-throwers, and various training gizmos, pets have long been oblivious participants in humans’ quest for technological mastery.
However, some of the most useful and entertaining tools for pets and owners alike are simple (and largely free) apps on the Play Store, which is why today we’ve picked out 4 amazing Android apps for pet lovers.
#1. APCC by ASPCA
It might sound like a strange thing to say but dogs are different to people. However, there are some subtleties of dogs and other animals that aren’t always made clear to new pet owners. For example, dogs can’t eat grapes, avocado, chocolate, and xylitol, a product used in candy and chewing gum, among other things.
APCC by ASPCA, otherwise known as (deep breath), the Animal Poison Control Center by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is simply an app that allows the user to check if a food item or plant is dangerous for pets – or if they’re in trouble for eating something they found under the shed.
Falling somewhere between doggy Facebook and a Tinder for pooches, BarkHappy is an app that lets dog owners and their beloved fur balls find each other, get together for walks, and create or attend animal-friendly events. The app gives each dog their own profile and lets their owners set a status like “looking to play” or “resting” for the purposes of matching with others.
It’s a unique way to make friends in a new area or to introduce puppies to other people and dogs as part of their training. BarkHappy also includes a noticeboard to raise awareness for missing or found pets, while one of the emergent uses of the app is finding hotels that allow dogs, something that can be a chore on Google.
As a quick bonus, the Bring Fido app offers a similar hotel-finding service.
#3. Mega Moolah
While definitely leaning more on the safari side of things, MegaMoolah is nevertheless a fun game about animals and one of the most popular slot machines on the internet. Offering 5-reels and 25-winlines, Mega Moolah has decals featuring elephants, buffalos, zebras, and kudus. There’s also a lion that acts as a “wild” symbol, conveniently enough.
Excluding the obvious jackpots, the game’s appeal is arguably its cute, colorful graphics and the quality of its sound production. If you’re still not convinced though, read this great game review for more information about this unique adventure game.
Another Tinder-style app on the Play Store, BarkBuddy matches humans with dogs located at rescue centers – it’s an adoption service. The user simply swipes left or right (or left exclusively, as the case may be) to compile a shortlist of possible dogs to share with local shelters. There’s also the option of arranging a meet and greet with a particular dog.
So, whether you’re looking for a “purebred Chihuahua with sparkling blue eyes” or a young beagle, BarkBuddy is a fun way to match with four-legged singles. It’s also free to browse.
BarkBuddy is unfortunately not available on the Play Store anymore.
There you have it; four apps to meet, protect, play a game and have fun with your dog. If there are any other apps for animal lovers you’d like us to include in this list, please feel free comment and suggest below.