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What is Share My Pet

Share My Pet is a community platform that connects pets and people. Our aim is to enrich the lives of the animals and people in their wider community. Via the website pet owners and animal lovers can connect in order to share the love of pets.

What we believe in

Here at Share My Pet, we believe that if you love animals you want the best for them. We believe in the good in people and that through trust and respect our beloved pets can benefit from more companionship, exercise, love and quality of life. Share My Pet does this by connecting pet owners with people who want to borrow a pet and become a meaningful part of their life.

The benefits of Share My Pet to pets and people are both physical, mental and social. Pet owners can connect with local animal lovers and arrange care for their pets. Pets may require excersice and walks, companionship, care, socialising, overnight stays, holiday care or the simply joy of additional attention.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them .”

John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

What Share My Pet Website offers

Share My Pet allows you to be part of New Zealand’s first pet-sharing community.

Pets get the best from life. Pet owners can arrange extra walks, attention and holiday care for their pets. Non-pet owners get to be a meaningful part of a pet’s life.

Share My Pet is a website where you can create a profile for yourself and/or your pet(s). Through the profile, you can look for pets in your local area to ‘Care’ for or you can make your pet available to ‘Share’.

You make connections with other website members through the site and arrange to meet up in the real world. If you are both happy and feel comfortable to proceed then you can make arrangements for the care of the pet as suits you both.

Share My Pets Charity Journey

We regularly organise fundraising events and take part in national fundraising for animal charities throughout New Zealand.

Check out our charity journey here. 

Our background

Who we are and why we set up Share My Pet

Our names are Lili and Dave. We have four much-loved members of our lovely fur family: Elfie our cat, Snout and Muppet our two dogs, and Gem the mini pony. We also have four chickens who live a lovely life free-ranging under the trees in our garden.

Share My Pet was founded at the end of 2017 after speaking to lots of people when walking our dogs who love animals but can’t or don’t have one but would love to take care of one. We realised that there are a lot of good people out there who love animals but, for whatever reasons, do not own a pet. However they would love to share the care of an animal and have the joy of an animal’s companionship.

The same need was visible in pet owners who occasionally wish they had someone else they knew and trusted in their lives to help out with looking after their  beloved pets. Whether it be when they went on holidays or wanted their pet to have extra companionship when they are busy at work.The pets onboard with Share My Pet are happy to be recieving extra attention and they love the new friendships and stimulation pet sharing gives them.

We believe Share My Pet is a win-win situation for pet owners and animal lovers alike.

Meet Lili

I grew up on a small farm in Mahana, Nelson, and have been passionate about animals my whole life. My childhood was spent surrounded by all manner of farm animals, the family dog and cat, rabbits and guinea pigs. I cared for and rode horses throughout my childhood and enjoyed all sorts of pony club activities.
After I graduated from teacher training, I moved overseas and spent the next 12 years abroad. I met my husband Dave while overseas and together we moved to Nelson, NZ, in 2015. The first thing we did was set about finding a Border Terrier. Miss Muppet, our Border and our beautiful cat called Elfie are both adored members of the family. At some point along the way, we decided Miss Muppet’s happiness would be enhanced if she had a full-time canine buddy. Welcome Snout the Schnoodle! All three pets get along beautifully and are the best of friends.

Dave from Share My Pet with Miss Muppet and Snout the dogs

Meet Dave

Hi, I’m Dave and I’m delighted to call NZ my home with my wonderful wife, Lili, and our gorgeous fur family.

Before moving to NZ, I grew up in Devon, UK, and lived and studied in Bristol. Since our arrival in NZ, we have begun living our dream of settling down in this amazing country. Our first steps were welcoming our lovely pets into our lives who bring us daily joy and entertainment. Next, I got a job with an architecture firm in Nelson city. I now work part-time on Share My Pet and freelance as an Architectural Graduate.

I am passionate about music, beekeeping, sculpture and spending time in nature with my wife and pets. My vision for Share My Pet is to improve the quality of animals’ and people’s lives by sharing the love and care for them.

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