More than 2,000 people turned up to Victoria Park on 12 February, looking for the love of their life and a date for Valentine’s Day.
Auckland Council animal shelter staff turned out in force, leading 45 shelter and rescue dogs on a doggy speed dating round to find the best match between people and pooches.
There were demonstrations of agility and obedience and many dogs took the opportunity to show off their skills to potential partners. The dogs prevailed in hot dog eating and ice cream slurping competitions with humans, proving their superiority in all things food consumption related.
“All of our dogs got offered dates and some of them had dozens of suitors vying for their long term affections,” said Tracey Moore, Manager Animal Management, who attended with her own ex-shelter dog, Wesley.
“Through events like this, we raise awareness of how lovely shelter dogs are, how they come in all shapes and sizes, and how much they need to find their forever home” said the council's Community Development and Safety Committee Chair and registered responsible dog owner, Councillor Cathy Casey.
Dog rescue charities HURRAH! and the Humane Society were also at the event, with puppies and older dogs available for adoption.
“Our partnerships with these dog charities is an important part of finding forever homes for shelter dogs,” said Councillor Casey.