AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BarkHappy, the mobile app that helps dog owners discover dog friendly places, events, and connect with their local dog community, has seen growing success nationwide. More than 60,000 dog owners across the US have created profiles for their dogs in the app, with new users joining each day since BarkHappy launched nationwide in June 2016.
"We believe a social dog is a happy dog. And a happy dog makes for a happy owner," said Ninis Samuel, CEO of BarkHappy. "Until BarkHappy, dog owners had to sift through out of date web and app-based resources or use trial and error to identify dog-friendly places and pet policies, a frustrating and time consuming process. There also wasn't a convenient way to connect with the local dog community or discover fun things to do in person with your pup. BarkHappy solves this, and is a resource to help owners experience life with their dog by their side."
Dog Friendly Events
BarkHappy has increased the number of dog friendly social events it's hosting, which not only allow dogs and their owners to socialize but also raise money for local shelters. The company has signed more than 60 charity partnerships in 45 cities nationwide, with events ranging from doggy bar crawls and 'yappy' hours to holiday parties and doggy fitness classes. The events are intended to foster real life experiences for dog owners and their pets to enjoy together.
To date, BarkHappy has held more than 80 events for dog owners. This month alone it has 22 scheduled. Through its charity events, BarkHappy has donated over $36,000 to local shelters across the US.
"It has been a pleasure partnering with BarkHappy; not only are they helping raise money and bringing awareness to our rescue, but our community loves attending their dog friendly events," said Kelcy Kimmerer, Special Projects and Partnerships manager at Second Chance Rescue NY, one of the local charity partners that BarkHappy supports. "It's always fun to see so many dog lovers and dogs having fun and being social."
BarkHappy is hosting new events each month. A few upcoming events include:
- New York City: Year of the Dog Pawty. Saturday, January 21 from 2:00PM - 5:00PM EST
- Las Vegas: Winter Trivia Pawty! Saturday, January 21 from 1:00PM - 3:00PM PST
- Austin: Winter Barks' n Brews. Saturday, January 21 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM CST
- Portland: Charity Doggy Fitness Class. Sunday, January 22 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM PST
- Washington DC: Winter Trivia Bash. Saturday, January 28 from 4:00PM - 6:30PM EST
To view all upcoming BarkHappy events, visit http://barkhappy.com/events/.
BarkHappy users are also encouraged to create their own events and play dates with their friends in the app.
The BarkHappy App
The BarkHappy app is available nationwide and boasts a dog friendly map with more than 27,000 dog friendly places in 45 U.S. cities, including restaurants, bars, pet stores, hotels, vets and more. The listings grow daily as the map is crowd-sourced, and the company plans to swiftly grow this directory of dog friendly businesses over the coming months. The map and includes unique information such as dog amenities (water bowls, treats, covered seating) for restaurants and bars and hard to find information such as pet policy information for hotels. The app allows users to see other dogs nearby and connect to make new friends. Users have the ability to create a social profile for their dog and themselves to see other users in the area. Users can even search by breed to find similar dogs. BarkHappy features a lost and found alert system, messaging between users, as well as the ability to send a friendly "wag" to nearby friends. The app also has product offers and special deals for BarkHappy users including national partners such as Rover.com, Wondercide, Far Fetched Apparel, and PupJoy with more expected to be added.
BarkHappy Inc. seeks to foster an active and connected community of dogs and dog owners through real-life experiences, while also creating a platform for dog-friendly businesses and events. The company was founded in 2013 by Ninis Samuel and is headquartered in Austin, TX. The app launched in Austin in 2015 first, then launched nationwide in 2016. Ninis spent 12 years as a marketing executive at Fortune 500 tech companies, including Microsoft, Lenovo and Nokia HERE. He was inspired by his dog Kerby, a rescue, to combine his tech experience with his love for dogs to create the BarkHappy app. The app is available for both Android and iOS free in both the iTunes App Store and Google Play store.
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