Pet-related campaigns take over crowdfunding websites.
Places like Kickstarter, GoFundMe and Indiegogo are where amateur entrepreneurs become successful businesspeople—if they play their cards right.
Crowdfunding sites allow any user to pitch a cause they see worthy of funding and are increasingly popular among pet product inventors. For different increments of donation, backers of the project are promised different gifts, usually involving receiving the product at hand once it’s made and delivered. The higher the donation, the more extravagant the gift.
2016 saw a slew of pet-related crowdfunding campaigns go completely funded and beyond, and some that are still racing against the clock to meet their funding goals. On Kickstarter, users will only receive their donations if their complete goal is met by the set date. On other sites like Indiegogo and GoFundMe, stakes are a little lower, as users collect the money regardless of if they meet their final goal.
Below are several pet product-related crowdfunding projects—both funded and not-quite-funded—from this past year.
A battery-free, interactive treat toy with a built-in timer dial for playtime length adjustment.
Amount raised: $42,258
Number of backers: 1,121
Funding period: March 1-31, 2016
A collar made of organic Baltic amber with aromatic terpenes that repel ticks and fleas.
Amount raised: $19,515
Number of backers: 240
Funding period: March 30-April 30, 2016
Slime free silver and copper plated water bowls.
Amount raised: $34,333
Number of backers: 164
Funding period: Unknown date-May 13, 2016
A pet camera in a smart ball controlled from a mobile device.
Amount raised: $775,362
Number of backers: 4,166
Funding period: April-May 27, 2016
A fitness pole scratching post for cats.
Amount raised: $6,440
Number of backers: 118
Funding period: Sept. 7-Oct. 12, 2016
A GPS pet tracker free of monthly fees.
Amount raised: $251,126
Number of backers: 1,681
Funding period: Oct. 10-Nov. 24, 2016
A combination water sprayer and bath scrubber pet-bathing tool.
Amount raised: $42,073
Number of backers: 455
Funding period: Nov. 15-Dec. 16, 2016
32 ounce Kinn Kleanbowl
A germ-free pet bowl with seven eco-friendly and recyclable inner food/water refill bowls.
It has previously existed in three other smaller sizes.
Amount raised: $10,126
Number of backers: 122
Funding period: Dec. 8-21, 2016
A hands-free poo collector.
Amount raised: $35,910
Number of backers: 650
Funding period: Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2016
The 5-Second Dog Parka
A dog jacket with a self-adjusting neck, one clip and Velcro sides that comes in seven sizes.
Amount raised (as of Jan. 18): $12,504
Number of backers (as of Jan. 18): 142
Funding period: Dec. 15, 2016-Jan. 31, 2017
Lambo Backpack Carrier
A lightweight carrier bag with waterproof oxford fabric for ventilation and privacy, expandable wings, high grade zippers and top/side visual points.
Amount raised (as of Jan. 18): $10,379
Number of backers (as of Jan. 18): 86
Funding period: Dec. 22, 2016-Jan. 31, 2017
Dog toys that help develop motor skills as the dog uses its paws, tongue, nose and teeth to find its way into small pockets where treats are hidden.
Amount raised (as of Jan. 18): $2,257
Number of backers (as of Jan. 18): 26
Funding period: Nov. 20, 2016-Jan. 29, 2017
Sectioned pet bowls for animal cages that keep food fresh, clean and organized.
Amount raised (as of Jan. 18): $1,548
Number of backers (as of Jan. 18): 39
Funding period: Dec. 18, 2016-Jan, 18, 2017