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When Katie Alsop’s beloved cat, Peanut, went missing, she was devastated and did all the things pet owners know to do to help get their fur babies back. She posted on Facebook, called local vets, and even knocked on doors in her neighborhood to see if anyone had spotted her orange cat. But then this British woman did something really clever - she put Peanut on Tinder and that’s actually how she found him!
“I wanted to reach as many people as possible, locally, and grab their attention,” Alsop explains. “So I just realized Tinder would be great.”
She included a photo of herself with Peanut, so no one would think she was catfishing them, then she swiped right on every person who came through her feed. Alsop even paid to promote her profile to more users in the area, to up her chances of finding someone who had seen the cat.
And it worked! Within 30 minutes of posting Peanut’s profile, Alsop had 400 Tinder matches and her first lead. A guy named Charlie saw Peanut in his yard, the feline’s identity was verified by his blue glitter collar. Peanut ran off before she could get him, but after a week of leaving trails of food leading home, the cat came back. And that has to be one of the happiest endings Tinder ever had a hand in.
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