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Austin 8th-grader built a website matching you with shelter dogs

Eric Webb

You might use a website to help you find the love of your life. Why not use it to find a canine companion? Thanks to an Austin eight-grader’s class project, you can make it so, according to KXAN.

Aiden Horwitz, a 13-year-old student at Austin Jewish Academy, created, a website that tells users which shelter dogs at Austin Pets Alive might be right for them. Prospective pet owners can fill out a survey about their lives -- the size of their home, the amount of barking they can tolerate, how long a future pooch might be home alone each day and more -- and receive a score. That score matches the user to a potential category of dog that might be right for them. Horwtiz’s website links to dogs available for adoption from Austin Pets Alive under each category.

“I wanted to come up with a way to help get dogs adopted or help people get the right dog for them and their family,” Horwitz wrote on the website.

Those who receive a score or 0-10 percent, meanwhile, are told they might do better with a cat. Read more about Horwitz’s inspiration for the website at KXAN.