Speed dating to match dogs with new homes

Posted Aug 15, 2011 by Lynn Curwin
Dogs in some shelters are now being being washed and groomed so that they are ready to take part in speed dating events designed to match them up with new owners.
The Today Show recently reported on "doggie speed dating", which shelters have been successfully operating to find home for some of the many dogs in need of loving homes.
The events can be a lot of fun but they have a very serious side.
As the Huffington Post pointed out: "The distinction is that for these dogs, finding a date may mean the difference between life and death."
Many dogs die every year because there are more dogs than there are homes for them.
The Hawaiian Humane Society was one of the organizations which was successful in placing several dogs through a speed dating event earlier this year.
"Our first-ever Doggie Speed Dating was a success with 28 dogs finding love and a home in two hours!" they say on their Facebook page, and have posted photos of some of the canines with their new human family members.
Ray Fee, who adopted two dogs, told KHON: "You actually get to walk up to the dogs and play with them, its not like you have to sign out anything to go meet them in the cage. Yeah, it was pretty cool."
A New Beginning Pet Care & Rescue also held a speed dating event.
"I think it's a good idea," Kelly Davis, who attended, told 13 News. "You can bring your own dog -- I brought mine -- and see if it works, and you can decide if you want to adopt, or maybe foster for a little bit."
Felines are taking part in similar activities, with groups such as the Oregon Humane Society holding "kitty cat speed dating".
The most important step people can take to reduce the numbers of unwanted animals being euthanized is to have their own pets spayed and neutered.