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By Shannon Connellan
March 18, 2016
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This Australian Dog-Sharing Service Allows You to 'Borrow' Pups for Free

No money exchanged. Just pats and love.
By Shannon Connellan
March 18, 2016
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Dog-sharing. Yep. Read it again. Dog-sharing. Services that allow pooch owners to connect with other pooch owners to help with everyday care, pupsit for holidays, do walks and so on. It's happening. Australian service Dogshare was initially launched for dog owners only, but it's now launched a pretty damn exciting feature — a 'borrowing' feature for dog loving people in the same neighbourhood.

Yep, now Dogshare allows dogless humans to 'borrow' a pup. You can provide walks or day/night dog-sitting for time-poor dog owners in your local area. There's no money involved, just love (and trust dammit, take care of those pooches). Similar Aussie service BorrowMyPooch works on the same principle but has a subscription fee for owners and borrowers, while Pawshake is free to sign up as a sitter, but owners pay to host their pups.

Dogshare founder Jessica Thomas, a busy working mum to two young children and Duke, an exuberant German Shorthaired Pointer, chose to add the free dog borrowing feature in response to a wave of emails she received from non-dog owners willing to offer non-reciprocal care at no charge. "I found that there are so many people out there who genuinely love dogs and have experience caring for them, but are unable to commit to owning one for a variety of reasons," says Thomas. "The borrower gets access to a dog and all the benefits that go with it, while the owner has someone to love and care for their pet when they can't."

So, how does it work? Like an online dating service, 'borrowers' create a profile on Dogshare's website, list their previous experience with dogs and flag any services they're keen to volunteer for — there's dog walking, park playdates, overnight stays, vacation stays, taking pups to the vet and other appointments or even the tiniest task of checking on the pup while their owners are at work. Borrowers can then connect with Dogshare's dog owners, who can arrange a local park meet-up and see whether you're not a total weirdo or not.

Want to give it a shot? Visit Dogshare's website to create a borrower profile and meet dem pups.

Image: Veronika Homchis.

Published on March 18, 2016 by Shannon Connellan

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    Carolyn - March 29, 2016

    Borrow Dogs is a free site started in Brisbane in June 2015 which is dedicated just to matching dogs who want another walk, play, outing with those who would like to share in the canine love.

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    Hannah H - March 22, 2016

    I wouldn't trust anyone with any of my pets considering the horrendous crimes that have happened (people buying puppies off Gumtree and murdering them all while on ice). Even meeting someone once, you never know who they are. The welfare of the animal should come first, not entertaining other people.

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    Char - March 18, 2016

    I've owned dogs all my life. It wasn't until I started vet school that I've been a dogless human. All my fur boys lived out their healthy, loving lives til 15 yrs + so a commitment w/a new furry life will happen a few years after I graduate in 2017. This is a beautiful new service and I look forward to meeting a new, loving furry soul.

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