New Petopia app could be Egypt’s introduction to a digital pet community

New Petopia app could be Egypt’s introduction to a digital pet community


In 2015, Petopia co-founder Yassin Abaza was in his final year of his economics degree when he began to see a growing gap for a platform that could digitize and integrate the business community together. pets.

We have Uber, we have Souq, we even have Tinder, but have you ever wondered why your pets don’t have an app to make their lives easier? Sure, they might not be able to use it, unless they’re cartoon pets, but you can still do that.

Abaza began to develop the idea of ​​having a cross-platform application dedicated to meeting the needs of pets and connecting the pet community. He sought to integrate services, freelancers, and various vendors into a single platform, ultimately creating a fully integrated, one-stop, cross-platform application to meet the needs of the community.

Yassin introduced the idea to his friend Youssef Mohyeldin and together they started to turn their ideas into application.

“In 2019, during a trip to Brazil, Yassin and I introduced the idea to Marcos Kenickel, an old friend with extensive experience in software development and a technical engineer with 15 years of experience. Over the next year, the three of us began to combine our different areas of expertise to better understand the needs of the market and the range of services that pet owners were most looking to include in the app ” Mohyeldin told Egyptian Streets.

Petopia, the pet community app has arrived in Egypt. The app includes all the services you could possibly need for your pet, news and articles, as well as events and rewards for pets and their owners.

Screenshots of the Petopia app.

One of the options available is pet play dates, making Petopia the alternative to Tinder for pets. The feature was created for people to find other people with pets and connect together, and it’s free to use. The functionality started as a mating option, but has been changed.

“What we have changed is the branding and the name of the service because we don’t want to promote mating, especially because it is not in line with our values, and what we hope to do for animals and raise awareness of the problem of overcrowding as well as the overflow of untreated animals that suffer in the streets due to excessive breeding, ”shares Mohyeldin.

The user-friendly design of the app also offers options like hotels and daycares, adoption guides, and vets. With the constant abuse of animals in Egypt and the growing need for shelters, the app offers a simple and luxurious way to care for beloved pets and their owners.

“The coronavirus pandemic has further confirmed the importance of digital economies, especially for the pet industry. This allowed them to reconfigure Petopia to become a comprehensive portal that would provide easy, transparent and secure networking for pet owners from the comfort of their own homes, ”adds Mohyeldin.

Petopia aims to leverage and continue to build on the app’s offerings through community learning and feedback to better serve animals and caregivers, as well as enable the expansion of the app. Petopia globally from Cairo, Egypt, then Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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