Trusted Pet Parent Community Meets Each Other for Puppy Swap Meet | PetSwapp

ANIMAL INNOVATIONS SHOW - EPISODE 104 - PETSWAPP

Trusted Pet Parent Community Meets Each Other for Puppy Swap Meet | PetSwapp

Looking for a community of pet parents you can trust to go on a puppy swap meet?

PetSwapp might be the one for you!

Co-founded by Arianna Jacchia, PetSwapp aims to connect pet owners so they can take care of each other’s animals when necessary.

According to Arianna,

“We are a community of pet owners who help each other out whenever needed… It’s like a simple way to find somebody else, like a friend, to take care of my animals.”

How PetSwapp Came About

what is petswapp and how it came about

Suppose you have a dog and you need to travel for a few days.

However, you don’t want to leave your dog out at a kennel or with a strange sitter.

But you don’t know what else to do.

As per Arianna, this is where PetSwapp comes in.

With the app, you can see the profiles of other pet owners and information about their pets and their home.

This way, you can connect with them and leave your pet with them so that next time, either you can take care of their pet or someone else from the community can do that.

Arianna explained it best when she said that the idea is to make pet ownership easier for everyone.

“I have two dogs. I love them with all my life, and I rescued them. So, for me, it was really hard to find a place where they would be comfortable, that wouldn’t be crazy expensive, but I would also trust. So, I started connecting to other pet owners, and we realized we could help each other out whenever needed,”

she shared.

It didn’t take long for their group to be filled with more and more pet parents who faced the same dilemma.

Eventually, it prompted Arianna to think of ways to make what they previously had more scalable.

And the answer that she found? Yep, through an app!

“I was like, okay, an app. That’s the right thing for people to just like open their phone. And that’s how the whole thing started.”

PetSwapp: Past, Present, and Future

The idea itself started in 2020. But because Arianna was not at all a techie-savvy person, she spent the first few months looking for the best co-founder who could help her build the PetSwapp app.

Now, her co-founder Klavs Rudzitis is the one who is responsible for the tech-related side of things.

When asked about the experience they were going for, Arianna said,

“The most important things for us are safety and trust. We have a very strict screening process, and the community is by invite only. So, only people within your network are the ones who can be part of the community. It’s something that we really want to encourage and build.”

how petswapp works

Initially starting with a very closed private beta launch, Arianna and the PetSwapp team are now putting all their marketing efforts in Hollywood, LA to make it easier for people to find other pet owners.

“We want to be able to have a space for pet owners to help each other, not just in taking care of each other but also having an area for them to be able to share tips and recommendations. And then the other side of it is for them to be able to have access to special deals that other people wouldn’t be able to have access to. Those deals would be things that will make their life as a pet owner much easier, more enjoyable, and more fun.”

 

 

Learn more about PetSwapp!

Visit their website at https://petswapp.com/.

Have suggestions for who we should interview next?

Send us a message at [email protected]!

Arianna: Hi, my name is Arianna Jacchia, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Arianna, thank you so much for coming on. Why don’t you tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals?

Arianna: I am the co-founder of PetSwapp, which is a community of pet owners that helps each other out whenever needed.

So, the idea is—let’s say that I have a dog and you have a dog,  and—you don’t want to leave your dog at a kennel or with a sitter that you don’t really know about.

So, you go on the app and you’re able to see people’s profiles. You see the owner’s profile. So, the information about the owner, information about the pet and the information about their home, and you’re able to connect with them and leave your pet with them.

And the next time, either you can take care of their pet or someone else from the community can do that.

Chris: So, how did you come up with this idea? Was there a problem? Take us back to when you had this idea.

Arianna: Yeah— so, it all came about because I have two dogs. This is Kiwi, and this is here Mango. They are my life. I love them with all my life. And I rescued them.

So— for me, it was really hard to find a place where they would be comfortable that wouldn’t be crazy expensive, but I would also trust.

And so, I started connecting to other pet owners, and we realized we could help each other out whenever needed.

So, I would leave my dogs with a friend, and then I would take care of their dog. And we had a chat, and I realized that more and more people were joining.

And so, that’s when I realized— light bulb moment. And I was like: Okay, an app. That’s the easiest thing for people to just like—open their phone. And— yeah, that’s how the whole thing started.

Chris: Now, what’s your background? I mean, how did you come into this?

Arianna: I have a background in marketing and PR, and I have a good eye for the design. And I’ve always been a natural connector of people. I love building community.

I’ve always been the kind of person that introduces you—introduce two people that have no idea who they are. And I just think they would be a good match to be friends. And I bring them to get a coffee.

So, that’s always been me. And then on the other end, I absolutely love pets. And so, it’s always been a huge passion of mine.

And then when I got Kiwi and Mango, it became even more. And so, I got really involved with the pet community here in LA.

Chris: That’s a really cool story for somebody that’s in marketing. And then, as you said, you’re very passionate about animals, and you recognize this need.

Tell us about how the app works. Like, what was the experience that you were going for?

Arianna: Yeah.

So, the way the app works is again, you open it up and then the first thing that you’re going to see is a list of all the pet owners that are near you. From there—well, you’re able to see it either on a list view or a map view.

And inside each profile, you’re able to see information about the owner, their photos, a little bit bio. And then you see information about the pet or pets.

The way that, let’s say: they sleep on the bed or they sleep outside or they eat twice a day, they have allergies they get along with dogs or they don’t get along with kids, whatever comes.

Chris: It sounds like you really thought this out. There’s a lot of stuff that you rattled off there that’s really important to building that safe community.

I want to know who is taking care of my dog and what kind of house do they have? Like you said, where do their pets sleep and you know, the interactions.

I mean, our animals live like kings and queens. So, I want somebody that’s going to do the same for my pets.

Arianna: Yeah, absolutely. That’s the most important thing for us, the safety and the trust.

We have a very strict screening process, and the community is invite only. So, only people within your network are the ones that are— within your network’s, network are the ones that are going to be able to be part of the community.

Chris: So, when did you guys then launch it? I know you’re doing it in a limited release, right. To kind of get things going.

So, tell us about that, when did it launch? Where did you launch?

Arianna: So, we initially started with a very close private beta in late summer— in the late summer of 2021, and then from there, we opened up the beta.

We’re still invite-only, but we moved from test flights to the app store in about mid-October of 2021.

So, we’re very hyper-local. And right now, all of our marketing efforts have been really in one area of LA, which is Hollywood, West Hollywood, more central.

Because we want to make it easier for people to find other pet owners, for sure.

Chris: I was going to say that’s gotta felt really good, to know that you came up with this idea. You’ve put a lot of time and energy trying to find a co-founder, trying to design it and build it.

And there’s always that moment, when you press the button to go live and you go: Is this going to work or people are going to hate it, but it sounds like it’s being really well received.

Arianna: It’s been really well received, thankfully, and it’s very rewarding.

Chris: So, what does the future look like? Are there other features and functions, other things besides— making this available to a broader population?

Arianna: Yeah, absolutely.

So, as I mentioned,  the idea is to make pet owning as easy as possible. And so, we want to be able to have a space for pet owners to help each other, not just in taking care of each other’s pet’s, but also an area for them to be able to share tips and recommendations.

And then, the other side of it is, for them to be able to have access to special deals and those deals would be things that will make their life as a pet owner much easier, more enjoyable and more fun.

Chris: Very cool.

So— I mean, I’m excited to see where you’re going to take this. Is there anything else you want to mention before we wrap things up today?

Arianna: Anyone wants to check out Petswapp, It’s on the app store. We’ll be launching an Android soon, but not yet.

You can also follow us on Instagram to see some member highlights, some tips that we give out. And if you guys have any feedback as well, we’re open to that as well, so thank you.

Chris: So, as we wrap things up, I’ll just remind our viewers and listeners that if you’ve got an amazing idea like Arianna did for a new app or for a new product or whatever it might be, we want to know about it.

We’d love to have you on the show and talk about how you’re helping animals and helping people. So, go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and we’ll have you on and talk all about it.

So Arianna, thank you again for coming on. I look forward to seeing where this goes. 

Arianna: Thank you so much, and Kiwi and Mango, as well.

Chris: Thank you, Kiwi. Thank you, Mango.

Recent Posts

Leave A Comment

Topics

Related Posts