Want a dog but can’t afford one or don’t have enough space for a pup at home?
A new app dubbed “Bark’N’Borrow” lets dog lovers nationwide borrow a corgi—or any kind of pup—through the platform, according to a Fox 5 New York profile. Owners create profiles for their dogs and then meet with prospective “borrowers” to see if their canine feels comfortable with them, and the app’s founder Liam Berkeley says borrowers are “vetted.” Next month, the app will start charging a $4.99 monthly subscription fee.
Bark’N’Borrow—pet sharing in general—is just the latest incarnation of the booming sharing economy. Already in New York City and throughout the country, there are cat cafés where customers pay by the hour to cuddle with cats—and some even host yoga classes and movie screenings to foster a sense of community.