ORLANDO — Speed dating has been a popular mating ritual for years, a more formalized matchmaking process that encourages folks to meet a whole new and large group of people. It’s been recorded that the first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Cafe in Beverly Hills in 1998.
There will be a speed dating event in Orlando today and Saturday – and it’s a unique one.
After all, the host is Orange County Animal Services.
Central Florida’s largest pet rescue and adoption center, which received nearly 20,000 animals at its shelter in 2014, is hosting a speed dating gathering today for Valentine’s Day. But the goal is a bit different: to match pets with loving families.
“Anyone who is interested in finding love can speed date through more than 100 four-legged dates at the shelter,” the agency noted in a news release.
For more than 40 years, this has been the agency’s mission: to protect the animals found lost, abandoned, abused or neglected in Orange County, and to give these pets a second chance to live in safe, loving homes.
That’s why they’re using Valentine’s Day as the perfect opportunity to find new homes for the dogs and cats staying there.
“There’s no doubt you’ll fall in love with one of our great shelter pets,” said Dil Luther, division manager of OCAS. “So if you’re looking for that purr-fect Valentine I encourage you to visit the shelter.”
Speed daters, he noted, can walk past 80 dog kennels and 50 cat kennels at the shelter to find their own furry Valentine.
“Once speed daters find a pet they’re interested in adopting they can interact with him/her in a dog play yard or kitty interaction area to assess compatibility,” the agency noted. “Orange County Animal Services currently has the Furever Love adoption promotion happening, which reduces all adoption fees by $14.”
The promotion ends on Saturday.
Dating profiles for the available pets with “glam shots” and more information about them can be viewed at their OCAS website.
The shelter is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 1–5 p.m.
Each adoption comes complete with spay/neuter, initial vaccinations, microchip identification, de-worming, heartworm test, rabies vaccination, and an Adoption Welcome Kit.
Orange County Animal Services is at 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando near the Mall at Millenia. For more information, call 407-836-311.
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