Speed dating for pets to help find homes

Speed dating for pets to help find homes

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - With Valentines Day just around the corner (tomorrow), love is sure to be in the air. And there are many eligible canine bachelors and bachelorettes hoping to find their perfect match.

Wright-Way Rescue is hosted its first Dog Speed Dating event Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at Pure Pet in Carbondale.

They had several adoption applications turned in and three animals adopted earlier in the week.

The event's aim was to pair homeless dogs with owners looking for a compatible companion.

"You know the shelter environment is not the environment these dogs were created to live in," Brittany Morgan with Wrightway said. "It's loud, it's scary, it's intense and we really want to make sure that they all have the opportunity to find that happy ending. Some of these dogs have been through a lot. Some of them have had some really hard lives."

Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue in Murphysboro, had around a dozen canines ready for a speed dating sessions.

Organizers of this free event say it is a fun and creative way for adult dogs to shine, who sometimes take a little while to get adopted.

"These adults have been off the streets, they're strays," Morgan said. "A lot of our adults are females that had unwanted puppies and then they were dumped, whether by their adopted family or maybe they've been strays the entire time, so we don't want that to happen we don't want them to see that. They deserve to have that happy ending."

"People think puppies and they think I can train them, they think, easy, cute, adorable. We don't realize though, with adults, some of the work is already done for you. So a lot of them are already on their way to being house broken."

Participants had roughly three minutes to get to know each dog, all with personalized "business cards" to help set up potential second dates or adoptions.

Attendees were also be provided with a scoreboard to rate each dog.

"In many ways, this will be a lot like a typical first date," Christy Anderson, the executive director of Wright-Way Rescue, said.

"This type of event is an efficient way for potential adopters to see if a dog is right for a person," Anderson said.

The event was free but donations are welcome.

On average Write Way Rescue have about 150 animals at any given time. Right now they have a little over 130 animals ready for adoption.

As a whole, Wright Way Rescue had around 4,00 adoptions in 2015, 80 of which came from southern Illinois.

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