"This is our seventh annual Furry Speeding Dating," said Kimberly Chandler Wade, senior manager of communications and events at the Nevada Humane Society. "Everyone wants a valentine so why not adopt one? We have 10 'bachelor' and 'bachelorette' dogs and cats, looking for a home."
The dogs and cats sat patiently in their cages, eagerly sniffing hands and rubbing their faces against the bars. Human speed daters went around to each cage, spending a bit of time with each animal, getting to know its personality. Dating cards were handed out to the daters, who could make notes about each pet before making the ultimate decision to adopt.
This event was free and open to the public.
"Hopefully today, someone make a match made in heaven," said Chandler Wade. "If not today, we have great dogs and cats at the shelter. We have an overwhelming number of animals, different breeds and personalities. This is a great event for kids and families who want to add a new family member."
Children were able to make hand-made valentines as adults talked to and pet each animal. This is the first time the speed dating event was held at Legends.
"We had our Home for the Holidays event here and saw good success rate," said Chandler Wade. "People will be out shopping for the holiday today and hopefully, they will stop in and come see the animals."
Speed daters were also entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate for dinner for two to P.F. Chang’s.
"The ultimate prize would be finding your furry soul mate and taking him or her home," said Chandler Wade.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized every year. Shelters, including NHS, are filled with dogs and cats due to low adoption rates and owner surrenders.
Adoption fees are $50 for most adult dogs and cats, $10 for cats 10 years of ages and older, $25 for dogs 10 years of age and older, $100 to $150 for puppies under four months and $60 for kittens under four months. All cats and dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, services normally costing over $240. The shelter has a menagerie of small animals such as rabbits, ferrets, lizards, turtles and small birds.
The NHS is a no-kill shelter and non-profit agency, located at 2825 Longley Ln., Ste. B in Reno. The shelter is open for adoptions Sunday through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 pm and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.nevadahumanesociety.org or call (775) 856-2000.