Florida sheriff sets up tender for ‘dating site’ to find pets a forever home
Pet lovers can now find the pet of their dreams after a Florida sheriff’s office launched a fake cat and dog dating site called ‘Tender’.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office announced the tongue-in-cheek site on its Facebook page earlier this week, as a method to match adoptable pets with their forever homes.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey, with the help of K-9 Department police dog Junny, came up with the idea. The site’s announcement read, “You’ll only want to swipe right when you see these adoptable cuties.”
Each week, a “homeless” dog or cat at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Center will be honored for potential families to “swipe right.”
Explaining more about Tender, the Facebook post read: ‘America’s top police dog, K-9 Junny is launching his brand new dating site…Tender!! No, not this app, because this site is actually designed to find’ multiple homes’ for Junny’s homeless friends at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Center.
“‘Junny’s Tender Site’ is designed to find tender, loving and caring homes for the dogs and cats at our animal care center who have been with our team for a long time!!” the announcement continued. “Knowing that having a ‘furever home’ is what every animal deserves, Junny decided to start ‘Junny’s Tender Site’, so he could post a new profile picture of one of his friends every Saturday, which will almost guarantee a perfect match for a new pet and owner!!
“While it may not be an actual app on your smartphone, this new weekly post on our agency’s Facebook pages will be made up of profile pictures of some beautiful dogs and cats that I promise, will only drag you to the right!”
“The weekly post will tell you everything you need to know about the animal waiting for you to rescue him and take him to his brand new family and new home!!
“Information such as… ‘loves long walks on the beach’, ‘plays well with others’ and ‘I’ll take all the love you can give me’ will tell you all you need to know for yourself. rush to the Animal Care Center and find your ‘forever date!!'”
Adoptions don’t cost a dime and come with free neutering or neutering, microchipping and pet licensing, plus “many other perks”.
When someone sees a pet he thinks might be a match, Ivey said all he has to do is go to the Animal Care Center located at 5100 West Eau Gallie Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida.
The very first dog featured is an 8-year-old mixed-breed named Yeti who is said to have “the happiest personality.”
He loves playing with toys, other dogs and going for walks, with his ad saying, “I’ll take all the love you have to give.”
But if you can’t wait for the weekly star, Ivey said all adoptable pets can be viewed online, adding: “You can also download our free smartphone app which allows you to view all pets, as well as many more crime prevention tools!!”
Thousands of people liked the post as they praised the new Tender initiative, with user Joyce Williams commenting on Facebook: “So good all animals deserve forever homes. Thank you!”
User Kevin Cohen commented, “What a great idea to reach out to the community.”
Commentator G. Shannon Simpson wrote, “How fabulous…praying for tons of success for the unloved, unwanted and voiceless.”
While Kimberly Michelle added, “I want all the animals!! This is such an amazing opportunity for these wonderful animals to find their forever homes!”
The chart below, provided by Statista, shows where animals are most likely to end up in shelters in the United States.
According to Shelter Animals Count, using figures from 2019, 2020 and 2021, they revealed: “Overall intakes in 2021 were higher than 2020 but still lower than 2019.”
More cats were counted than dogs, with a total of 1,065,532 cats registered in shelters and shelters in 2021, defined as ‘strays, abandoned by owner, destined for euthanasia by owner, transfers, other contributions (born in care, etc.)”. This is compared to 972,815 dogs.
The information shows that the majority of feline intakes were kittens, while most dogs were adults.
In 2021, some 1,195,590 were adopted from shelters and shelters, which breaks down into 684,144 cats and 511,446 dogs.
Newsweek contacted the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for comment.