At the Pet and Play Adoption Event, dog lovers will be asked to fill out a “dating profile” before getting some one-on-one play time with their prospective pooch partners.
“It’s kind of a new concept,” said Tara Lenaghan, Pooch Hotel general manager. “[Last Hope] was so happy to provide the dogs, and people are really looking forward to it. With love in the air anything can happen.”
The Boston-based shelter rescues between 15 and 20 dogs each week from high-kill shelters in Arkansas, and doesn't discriminate on the basis of age, breed and pre-existing medical conditions, according to Last Hope Founder Rachele Huelsman.
Last Hope hosts monthly adoption events around the Boston-area, but this is the first time organizers are testing the dating-game theme.
"If it's a success, we hope to hold another one around Valentine's Day," Huelsman said.
Blanche the dog will be looking for a pet parent this Saturday. Photo: Courtesy of Last Hope K9 Rescue/Jasmine House
About a dozen rescued dogs will be up for adoption Saturday, including:
Blanche: A young, high energy red heeler
Hercules: A 90-pound American bulldog
Chipping: An older, well-trained lab-hound mix
Answers pet parents give in their questionnaire will help adoption coordinators match them with the perfect pooch. The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Pooch Hotel in Newton.