Dig and Tabby help dog and cat lovers find a compatible match and plan a pet-friendly date, said owners and sisters Leigh D’Angelo and Casey Isaacson. . These dating apps also are used to spread awareness about animals in need of a caring home.
Dig was created first for dog lovers, then Tabby for cat lovers, not only to help people find the person they’re going to love but find the type of pet that’s going to mesh with them.
“We launched city by city across the country, starting on Valentine’s Day 2018, so it started very small,” D’Angelo said. “We threw a big launch party in Detroit about two years ago, and then we launched Tabby — the cat dating app — in the middle of the pandemic on International Cat Day on Aug. 8 of 2020.”
The Dig launch party took place on Sept. 20, 2018, at WeWork in Detroit. Activities included free nail trimmings, Q&A sessions, doggy photo ops, games and food.
To make up for the lack of socializing during COVID-19 and celebrate the release of Tabby, a “Yappy Hour” is taking place virtually from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday in Detroit. During the event, those participating will gain VIP access to both apps and all their features for free.
Metro Detroit singles will be able to log in and message anyone on the app at no cost, according to a news release. It will give them an opportunity to connect with other singles, share pet photos and stories in digital social feeds, learn tips and tricks from vets and trainers, and more.
Dig and Tabby are two separate apps to maximize the experience for pets and pet owners.
“We really wanted to think about it from the animal’s point of view,” D’Angelo said. “The apps are built around true compatibility. So you can say if your dog is a cuddler or a hunter, you can say if your cat is hairless if the other person is allergic because it’s all about building that trust and compatibility within the home, which matters to you just as much as it does to your animals.”
The pandemic has encouraged more pet adoptions, D’Angelo said. Many people have been longing for love and companionship in their homes.
Meeting acquaintances has become difficult, so “people are turning to dating apps at extraordinary rates,” she said. “At the same time, we saw the same spike in pet ownership. … Some of our pet rescue partners across the country for the first time saw empty cages and empty shelters.”
Due to the lack of in-person events, the company built new features on Dig and Tabby to help people connect with a larger community.
“You can swipe and you can look through each person, but we’ve got kind of a social feed on both — on Tabby, it’s called a ‘cat tree;’ on Dig, it’s called the ‘digital dog park,'” D’Angelo said. “We’ve got different articles and deal sections where you can chat and discuss things with other people, too, so we really took the time that we were putting into in-person events and put it into building out kind of community-based features on both apps.”
Dig and Tabby are available on the App Store, Google Play and via desktop.
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