A new app being billed as the "Tinder for pets" is causing a stir in the social media world.

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"AllPaws" is an animal adoption site whose app borrows its interface concept from the world of online dating, asking users to swipe left or right to find the puppy (or other furry creature) of their dreams.

Over 200,000 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, and other animals from the US and Canada are listed on the site – each with their own profile, including vital stats, address and a biography.

Humans looking to adopt can send direct messages to the pets (or more accurately, their shelters) and get match alerts via email to help them find the perfect furry friend.

In much the same way that dating apps like Tinder work, the animals can be filtered by location, breed, age, colour and even behaviour preferences.

The app is the brainchild of entrepreneur Darrell Lerner, who has a background in the online dating industry. It can be downloaded from iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allpaws-search-adoptable-pets/id917673135?mt=8