SINGAPORE - People looking to find homes for stray dogs will widen their search base when an Android version of social networking app Petfie becomes available in August.
Petfie - a free photo-sharing platform that works like Instagram except that users see animal profiles instead of other people - is now available only on Apple devices. The not-for-profit app has about 2,000 registered users.
Petfie founder Jerome Chan said: "We were encouraged by the response and feedback to our iPhone version of the app, and are very heartened to see that Petfie has brought people together to form this tightly-nested community.
"Therefore we ventured into building an Android platform so as to expand the community."
With the Android version, Petfie is also tying up with stray dog rescue group Blk 2 Furever Canines to raise awareness of the plight of these animals and reach out to potential adopters.
Five dogs from the shelter, which now has about 30 dogs, will be listed on Petfie with a "For Adoption" status along with their photos, and information such as age, sex, temperament and whether they can be adopted by a family living in a Housing Board flat.
Other animal welfare volunteers keen on using the app to put their rescued cats, dogs, hamsters or rabbits, up for adoption can also do so, by creating profiles for the animals.
Mr Chan said: "Instead of just a photo of a sad dog on the shelter website, these dogs will come to life with a profile of their own, with many photographs showing their different moods."
Any Petfie user can upload photos of the animal on its profile page, which allows other users to view the animal in a range of moods, such as when it is at play, taking a shower, or out on walks.
Founder of Blk 2 Furever Canines Mandy Goh believes the app and its expanded reach will help the dogs.
She said : "Dogs are unable to express themselves. Street dogs experience stigma as people assume they are wild and dirty, and are not as handsome as pets purchased from shops, hence the unwillingness to adopt them."
Another volunteer, Mr Eric Lim, said that showing photos of the dogs interacting with other humans, and showing their more playful side, will help clear up misconceptions about stray dogs being aggressive.